This humble design for how the museum of the future should be takes the form of the bale – the traditional house of the Ifugao peoples of the Cordillera mountain range in Northern Luzon, Philippines. In our design the bale is inverted inward and arranged around a central open atrium. Informed by Indigenous building techniques and using local materials, our design uses bamboo instead of the traditional hardwood as a framework, and living bamboo creates the ‘exterior walls’. This design reinforces age-old practices that are very sustainable: from the harvesting of raw materials to the actual act of building and use, the open-air design promises the possibility of a low to net-zero carbon future of museum design.
As but one example of the revitalisation of Indigenous practices, this model aims to inspire and empower communities, which has long been one of the aims of architectures that have been lost in the course of rapid urbanisation and the prioritisation of financial profit.
As a step towards a future we want, this proposal aims to be a beacon of communion (in its intimate scale) and inclusivity (in its openness by design), whilst remaining grounded in its respect of its environment.
- Project Team
- louta et al.
- Project Name
- After the Anthropocene | Green Futures
- Team Location
- Philippines, Manila/Japan, Tokyo
- Architecture & Design