10TH PLACE: TAYOG
Aldrich Remot from Mapua University aced it to the TOP 10 spot in the ArchiNEXT Competition 2023: RETAYIR: Future-proofing for Elders, with his entry, TAYOG CENTER: A Recreational & Residential Retirement Center.
TAYOG CENTER is a retirement center that aims to give elderly Filipinos an identity towards leaning to holistic environment that promotes sustainability when it comes to occupying spaces that are conducive to holistic development and productivity. Inspired from bamboo, baklad, and bakod being fused together, this building exhibits sustainable design strategies and considerations that would perfectly fit Filipino families and elderlies.
Oftentimes, we get amazed by how extravagant other country’s retirement centers are, as they prioritize wellbeing, sustainability, accessibility, and providing other basic necessities for the occupants of the building especially for the aged and disabled. As for us, elderlies and PWDs still suffer from having accessible facilities and experience difficulties in socializing since their designated spaces tends to immobilize them from fun and enjoyment. These instances that they experience every day is a neglected issue which is why we need to amplify this demand that requires empathy and human considerations.
Aside from being essential to a growing community, this retirement center design that is dedicated for the community also features unique attributes that were integrated into a whole idea to further take a step towards something mammoth. It emphasizes sustainability through a rainwater catchment system through its roofing that directly goes into a water reservoir in between the buildings that has undergone a process of filtration. This method would then produce a sustainable source of water since our tropical country experiences countless rainy weathers. Applying this functionality would contribute to the clean water act and conservation of water. Another feature of this structure is its vertical garden that was integrated to its exterior louver system that would help the city to become greener and lessen the urban island heat effect towards the interior spaces.