Bicol Region is no doubt one of the areas often hard-hit by strong typhoons over the past several decades and these calamities have resulted in loss of several lives, properties and livelihoods among the Bicolanos.
This is one of the primary reasons that motivated an industrial engineer to come up with a design of a house that would be resistant to similar calamities.
Gil Bien said in an interview with a local radio that he studied the behavior of the strong wind during typhoon especially on how it acts on structures, especially houses, so he could design a house with better aerodynamics.
And from this idea, Cuboid was born; a house that was designed to be resilient to typhoon with curved edges and convex surfaces to redirect the direction of the wind.
Cuboid House’s design is far from the traditional houses normally seen across the country but it was built for a single purpose – to withstand typhoon.
“The project was born from my desire to give Filipinos a home that will never let the big bad wind blow it away! All my experiences and lessons as a designer was tested, but through these nearly 2 years of study, trials, and construction; I have never been more happier as a designer,” Bien said in his Facebook post.
“My dream of helping the Filipinos through this project has been an eventful one. Following the harshness of the past few years, to the joyous celebration of the labor, my team and I went through,” he added.
Cuboid House is a collaboration between Bien, who used to work at ABS-CBN, and Architect Leo Del Rosario, according to a Facebook post. They launched a prototype of the project early this month and two models can be visited for viewing at Brgy. San Jose in Malilipot, Albay.
Construction of the house costs around P1.8-M and above depending on the interior finishes preferred by the owner.
For more information, they can be contacted at 0917 858 4021 or (02) 7092 7345. More pictures of exterior and interior can also be seen at Gil Bien’s Facebook page.
“Design will save the world!” said Bien.
Watch the interview: