Tropical Architecture – Modernist Interpretation
Modern tropical architecture must have the ability to capture the spirit of the tropics in a modernist vernacular.
Photo Essay Tropical Architecture
Swettenham Road Houses design by SCDA Architects
The art of good architecture is to address the contextual relevance of its design to the site, environment , culture and function. Any architectural design that blatantly ignores this factors is merely an exercise to satisfy the egoistic needs of the owner or the architect.
Traditional living in the tropics has always been semi outdoor living with communal activities happenning in the transitional spaces like the central courtyard within the residence between the inside and the outside living areas. The line between the inside and the outdoors should be a fluid one.
Living spaces should be continuous leading to the outdoors and courtyard spaces located central. In recent modernist interpretations of the tropical architecture the garden or the courtyards may be replaced with a pool.
Tropical architecture in the modernist sense does not necessarily be represented in rustic form with the use of heavy woods, clay tiles and pitch roof. As illustrated here it may be flat roof with concrete and metal construction. Modern tropical architecture must have the ability to capture the spirit of the tropics and modernist functions. The essence of modernist tropical architecture captured here was designed SCDA Architects.
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