The idea of TAHAN-NAN is to produce a structure that is adaptable enough to climate change and paradigm shifts. The resiliency of the elderly Filipinos served as our inspiration for a future-proof Eco-Retirement and Recreation Village Resort that will stand for generations by employing a greener strategy and utilizing natural resources to have less of an impact on the environment.

TAHAN-NAN is an entry by Jonas Colipano, Dan Hill Francis Loneria, and Arvin Joseph Pizarra from Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology. The group considered “future enabling” facilities, making it malleable and adaptable in a way that lets such discoveries evolve naturally, rather than pushing these advances inside a box that the group designed a decade or more ago.

The Resort is designed holistically by making an open-type design that encourages interaction between seniors of the same age. The Resort is designed for healing surroundings and amenities to promote a joyful sense of community, belongingness, not feeling alone, and living a healthy lifestyle. The design will also be in the shape of a cluster, allowing the facility to be divided into sections based on their roles, allowing older residents to have appropriate locations according to their health state and gender and ensure their safety and well-being. Moreover, it will allow for structure dispersal to create neighborhood-like sense communities that permit openness despite diversity.

The design emphasizes residential architecture while preserving the concept of home to eradicate the feeling of enclosing them in one large structure. The proposed Eco-Retirement and Recreation Village Resort is in Calamba, Laguna, and one of its well-known cultural attractions is the Rizal Shrine Bahay na Bato structure that withstood decades. The designers adapted the Bahay na Bato’s strong characteristics, which will serve as the model for the envisioned Eco-Retirement and Recreation Village Resort while maximizing modern technologies for future-proofing and future-ready.

TAHAN-NAN was awarded 8th Place winner in the ArchiNEXT 2023 Competition, RETAYIR: Future-proofing for Elders.