Design of workation retreat on 2,800sqm hill top property serving as architectural “test ground” for positive development / Construction Start (1/3 stages) approx 09/2020
First and foremost, the project aims to create a “home away from home” that (re)connects visitors and residents with the land and the local community. It is set out to shape its own identity and inspires its visitors to a healthier, more holistic and self-determined lifestyle. Furthermore, it serves as a real time education facility throughout all building stages and as an authentic show case of regenerative development for people to experience firsthand. The project is set out to become a Carbon Positive Development with multiple beneficial relationships between humans and nature that actively restore ecosystems and support the local community to thrive.
A series of cabins around a main house (set up as a micro grid) will form the workation retreat where skills, knowledge and resources are shared for the personal improvement of its residents, visitors and the local neighborhood.
Nestled into the existing nature, each of the cabins is a contemporary version of the local bahay kubo (or nipa hut) and will have minimal impact to the land. The open and flexible design allows for various “placemaking” options for up to 7 people per cabin, so we leave it with the visitors to decide whether they like to live, work or relax while staying at the Palaone.