Philippines have been on the watch for international businesses targeting entrance into the Asia continent; due to its diverse population, location and costs of operations. However, to promote development growth of this country will require creativity and bold initiatives to be applied.
The Philippines being the 12th largest nation in the world and as an archipelagic state with over 2.2 million km2 of highly productive seas, faces several electricity infrastructure challenges. The city’s main sources of energy depend on coal power plant and hydroelectric dams; which cannot fully support the power demand on dry seasons. Both methodologies attributed to high operational cost, negative environmental impact and recurring rolling power outages.
Ingenuity of the design solution
Our design proposal is to create power farming – a crowdsourcing methodology. The goal is achieved with the use of tidal generators, current turbine generators and solar power. These are technologies that produce energy in a considerably green and renewable manner.
The other aspect of the design idea is attaching generators to housing development projects on the sea to benefit the ethnic group still preserved today – a seafaring community. The development provides secure residing platform, self-sufficient electricity and transmits energy to a power collection facility to be distributed and sold to nearby cities allowing home owners to profit in exchange for the maintenance and operations of the generators.
Selected site and beneficiaries
The chosen sites have some commonalities, they are located near shorelines but off island cities. These sites are known to have inhabitants that live, breed and thrive on the areas for centuries yet face with shortage or almost non-existent of electrical supply in their daily life – the indigenous seafaring people are the ideal candidates to live in the Tidal House.
Environmental sensitivity and sustainability
Tidal wave energy is a form of hydropower that converts the energy of tides into useful forms of power. Tides are more predictable than wind energy and solar power. And is an energy resource that will be more economical in the future due to technological developments and the rising cost of traditional energy.
The proposed construction methodology is modular component designed houses assembled on site like Lego blocks. The structural components of the houses are made of strong and flexible recycled plastic reducing the construction cost. Cladding of the houses uses smart TTFL fabric with the ability to act as solar power cells.
Filipino-ness and values
The site planning with clusters of houses was designed to emulate local barangay system allowing the neighborhood spirit and camaraderie to be retained.
The exterior design of the houses resembles the shape of the great Vinta; these are traditional boats originating and representative in Mindanao. The Vinta represents evolution towards development and creating a better future living environment; a concept to preach social responsibility to the locals to respect their love for the water and appreciate the traditional form of living on it is applied in our architectural design.