Chancellor Boracay

Drawing inspiration from the natural environment, borrowing  colors and forms, translating it into  elements  of design which allows the subtle representations of the beach to enter the hotel and flow within spaces. The Boracay beach experience does not end upon entering the hotel, but rather is an extension of it.

Seascape Hotel

When our lives start to feel like an endless routine, it is inevitable that we begin to find a need to escape from all our work and problems because sometimes we need to take a break in order to get a better perspective.

A simple change in surroundings provides the opportunity to see new places, try new things and meet new people; we are able to experience life from a different point of view. From such change, we are able to derive relaxation that acts as a diversion from the everyday stress of life.

The condominium and hotel at Badian, Cebu aims to serve as a mediator between the sea explorers and the water. It will become a preparation for the explorers in their underwater experience through enhancing their senses.

Arbor Hotel

Strategically located on an elevated plane, the 6-Storey Robinson's Summit Hotel will be a new destination for tourists and locals.

Aside from the natural view of the hilly and mountainous topography of Antipolo, the facility also offers a different experience on the ground. Providing an open space at the street intersection generates an entertainment area that connects the hotel to the mall, transforming this space into a community plaza. Integrating it with the landscape adds more coherence to this context and creates a lively environment.

 

The hotel adapts the material of the existing conditions of the site. The facade contributes as an attraction that pulls the activities together as one. It builds the entity of a breathing structure,celebrating the idea of nature.

This reciprocal process of give and take is an ecology of buildings, a conversation between nature and humanity.

Imperial Palace Resort and Hotel

The Imperial Palace Palawan aims to achieve a balance between the traditional and modern; by using natural materials such as wood and stone applied in modern materials and construction techniques that is surrounded by breathable spaces and bodies of water. This resort hotel will surely be a relaxing escape from the city. The best color palette to be applied is drawn from the Puerto Princesa scenery itself. Using a neutral scheme touched with shades of coral blue and forest greens throughout the interiors will highlight the beautiful ambiance that will allow the resort to blend in and yet stand out.

The Carmen Hotel

With a flowing cladding echoing the Naga River, The Carmen - a 4-storey boutique hotel - welcomes its guest to discover the serenity of a waterfront in Naga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines. Standing on a 2,415-square meter property with a gross floor area of 3,100 square meters, it services 45 guest rooms supported by amenities and provisions for retail at the ground floor.

Located in the busiest road of city, the project refines an existing structure chosen to be converted into a four-star hotel. the position of the actual building and the setup of the surroundings make any natural view difficult to frame from the front facade. Starting from this, the approach was to design the building with an inward orientation, leading to the main point of interest of the site - the Naga River, where numerous festivities such as the famous Penafrancia Festival take place. This concept of introversion leads the eyes of passersby to a set of teasers, serving as a preview of what lies inside the hotel.

 

The Carmen develops a set of visual cues inviting its users into its inner charm and engaging them to a sequence of discovery stages gradually unfolding to the serene pool deck at the back with an admirable view of the Naga river. The facade reflects the general concept of the project by draping the building through a dense aluminum cladding in wood finish. Lifted from the ground, the opening created allows people to peek through the building interior. The palette in hues of white, black, and brown maintain the serenity of its clean, minimalist massing.

The pool deck - abundant with natural wood tones and lush greens - heading toward the river is designed to frame its view, making the Carmen Hotel the perfect place to witness the renowned Penafrancia River Festival.

Hidden Leaf Hotel

Located in Barangay San Jose, the site sits along a curve of Puerto Princesa North Road (National Highway). It is situated 7 kilometers north of Puerto Princesa International Airport and 2 hours away by land to Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. Though relatively flat, the site's frontage drops a couple of meters from the street. It is currently surrounded by low density residential areas. The nearest beach is approximately 2.5 kilometers away.

The peculiar location of the site for a resort hotel - as it lacks direct adjacency to the beach or any other spectacular natural feature - steered the design to creating an isolated environment for the program, taking advantage of the opportunity to compose a well-orchestrated sense of place - a hidden sanctuary, an unexplored place in an unexpected environment.

Holistically, it would feel like a carved hill. It would be fenced off by seemingly natural stone formations at its sides (at one side, the rooms become the fence). At the entry, however, there would be a void that would give a visual axis and would direct the flow and layout of the program. This void metaphorically would be the "carved-off" part of the hill.

Like a precious gem tucked inside stones, the architecture of the development embraces the "gem" - that is in fron of the house especially the guest rooms, the heart of the hotel. It exudes a language similar to that of the various monumental rock formations in Palawan carrying within them precious and rare materials. It is the surprise gem - the hidden sanctuary in an unexpected environment.

 

Contrasting elements are combined to add visual interest, such as mother of pearl or capiz shells inlaid in dark wood, as well as textural play seen in the usage of materials like woven abaca, cut stone, and in surfaces seen in uneven slats and pierced lattice screens. Light sculptures of metal links, local shell,and crystals embellish the lobby. Geometric patterns inspired by the architecture are incorporated in the different elements of design such as fabric, partitions, furniture forms, flooring patterns, and ceiling treatments.

Inspired by the same concept of precious gems tucked in stones, the interiors are done to showcase local materials and forms to exude a modern take on tropical design.

Taking inspiration from nature, earth tones and colors are integrated into the design as an accent. Green and brown runners cascade from pillows to bed covers that billow down to meet the warm, wooden floor of the guest rooms. Greens and browns make up for a soothing and calming combination for the restaurant and the function rooms as well.

 

The Oriental Legazpi

Like the proverbial “castle on a hill,” The Oriental Legazpi sits atop Taisan Hills, commanding the best views of the majestic Mayon volcano. The design program called for an ultra-modern contemporary hotel that takes note of the site as a place of fond nostalgic memories and breathtaking views. So the idea was to create by respecting. By making only positive interventions and additions we pay homage to and embrace this site of memory.

The opportunity to create a crystalline palace was evident in the structural framework of the existing building. This crystallinity is realized most strongly in the hotel's main lobby where the sun enters the skylight and filters through the criss-crossing beams and creates a kaleidoscope of light and shadow as it hits the globular crustal chandeliers and falls on the gleaming white marble floors. This is your welcome view of The Oriental.

 

The rest of the hotel opens up through huge bay windows and full height glass doors framed in white powder coated aluminum trimmings. This creates an expansive, seemingly endless, lobby space on the ground floor - a sleek modern interpretation of contemporary urban hotel living.

A new floor was added to alter and better structure the proportions of the hotel. The 8-meter high space serves as a penthouse ballroom with an amazing backdrop that defines the hotel from its backdrop. This space is anchored by a cubist crown that serves as the hotel's marquee and also acts as a beacon that is visible from the rest of the city.

From outside, the hotel's luminous, airy quality, accented by white-washed walls stands out in stark contrast to verdant greens and blue skies. This is then underlined by retaining strips of the existing  cyclopean volcanic rock walls.

A stay in The Oriental Legazpi should be an unforgettable experience. This is furthered by the clean lines of its ultra-modern interiors. This indellible memory is then set in warmly-lit palatial interiors with open and fluid, playful layouts. Here you can wander about from the lobby to the chic dining halls, to the gallery, the coffee lounge, the cocktail bar, and outside to the breakfast and tea deck- covered by a hanging 7-meter planar glass canopy and framed by the best view of Mayon, without going through a single wall. Here you can always find yourself instinctively as all these areas are set in order by the grid of hallways framed by the ceilings and floors.

 

The 2nd floor deck area is the ultimate venue for parties and events. The whole stretch faces mount Mayon and its omnipresence and dominant role as the heart of Legazpi is best appreciated. It is a pool setting accentuated by the sweeping wood decks and planters that create just the right spaces for groups of all sizes. From one end to the other, the story plays out with the pool bar serving snacks and beverages, the live bands playing, the cocktail parties, the quiet romantic walks, the perfect cup of coffee at breakfast, and the swimmers in the infinity pool that then flows out toward the fiery mount.

The 116 guest rooms are all faced with full glass views of Legazpi and Mayon. Custom designed furniture keep the theme of urban modernity with their streamlined forms and polished white finishes. The white walls reflect the highest housekeeping standards yet the romance of the setting is maintained by the tactile feel of textured wallpaper patterns, rich leather wall finishes, and lish woven carpets. The multitude of lighting options is kept bright and warm, enhancing colors and eliminating shadows. Best of all, full
glass doors open up to wide balconies where one can enjoy the crisp mountain air.

 

The 116 guest rooms are all faced with full glass views of Legazpi and Mayon. Custom designed furniture keep the theme of urban modernity with their streamlined forms and polished white finishes. The white walls reflect the highest housekeeping standards yet the romance of the setting is maintained by the tactile feel of textured wallpaper patterns, rich leather wall finishes, and lish woven carpets. The multitude of lighting options is kept bright and warm, enhancing colors and eliminating shadows. Best of all, full
glass doors open up to wide balconies where one can enjoy the crisp mountain air.

 

The Oriental Leyte

Adjacent to the historic MacArthur Landing Memorial is The Oriental Leyte – a 10-hectare resort development in Leyte, Philippines. Fronting the expansive shoreline of Red Beach, its 65 guest suites along with 1st class amenities including three grand ballrooms that can accommodate around 200 people each, a gym, spa, and family rooms make a tropical retreat introducing the guests back to the relaxing ambience of the sea.

A tropical sojourn with the sea, the architecture of The Oriental Leyte takes advantage of the climate by blurring the edges between the interiors and the exteriors. Sides facing beach appear very open, light, and permeable to encourage a seamless spatial relationship with the sea. To address the excessive sunlight and rain that the tropical climate entails, extensive overhangs and brise soleil are integrated in the overall design adding character to the minimalist canvas.