When buying or building it’s important to consider the practicality of everyday life. In the tropics, it’s ever more true and there are a few details one must pay particular attention to. Air flow is paramount, choice of materials is best made by evaluating their long term durability, as well as their initial quality, and maintenance, due to the intense natural elements that surround us, is a consideration that is taken into account from the get go. Whether you plan on entertaining large groups of friends, and thus need additional outdoor covered spaces, or if you only plan on being in the zone sporadically for a few months out of the year and need to be able to pack up on the drop of a dime, these lifestyle choices will affect the home you purchase or build. The design style however, is one that is all yours – and this is where your house becomes your home.
Often misunderstood as a design style, Tropical Architecture is all about achieving thermal comfort through the use of passive design elements like sunshades, awnings, light shelves, overhangs, as well as roof and wall insulation. The best tropical homes will have proper ventilation. The pluses of doing so are not only lower A/C bills, but better overall air quality as the negative ions that come in off of the Pacific Ocean will balance you out and contribute to the healthy lifestyle we have come to appreciate in the tropics. For many elevation is key, and not only for the view. And for those taking on a construction project, when it comes to the positioning of the building, you will want to catch as many cross breezes as you can, with this, a kind word of advice, sometimes even the best laid floor plans won’t match the terrain, so planning and adapting can never be started too early – involve your chosen group of professionals in the process as soon as you can.
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Extends beyond fashion and a snazzy palm print on a throw pillow or a silhouetted bird on a coffee mug. This style is in the family of Modern design, mixed in with a tropical flare. With the use of glass walls that open into airy convertible spaces, more refined than an industrial feel, and closer to the heart, there is a polished yet familiar sentiment to the style. It’s roots stem back to the late 1800s, to that of the German Bauhaus schools of design who birthed the initial movement. High pitched ceilings, creative and bold centre piece light fixtures add panache, carefully selected art pieces that speak volumes, pronounced bold clean, shapes, forms, and lines – all these are cornerstones to the style. The use of white as a canvas, combined with a splash of vibrant, carefully selected colour, adds personality to the space.
Distinguished by the use of natural elements and it;s commitment to sustainable building design, this style incorporates recycled wood, bamboo and hits of stone. The use of mixed and matched natural fabrics in pillows and textures for rugs adds a soft touch. And being able to shape the house, perhaps through the use of Adobe, into a more spherical and rounded structure, rather than using blunt, angled edges improves Chi energy flow. Designs in the walls or earth used for the structure are commonly noted, and the craftsmanship that is required is felt long after. Other up-cycled materials often make their way into the process, such as glass, and capturing the sun’s energy via solar, as well as repurposing rain water, are matters that are often solved using creative and artistic solutions in their implementation. The connection with the Nature is what is sought after most in this lifestyle, and oftentimes showers are found outdoors or at a comfortable half way point. A subdued earthy colour palate is often chosen to reflect the mood and highlight the greens and reds found in the outdoors. It’s the grounded traveller who has come home to their final destination.
Sensible, practical, efficient and comfortable, this type of home has everything the homebody would need. Quality and functionality are at the fore front of this emerging design style. Using a steel structure, maybe even going as far as to build out from a container as a base, the space is well thought out and defined using traditional shapes that seek symmetry and complement. The use of neutral, soothing colours and durable fabrics set the tone. Selective art pieces pepper the walls with reminiscence of where they came – surely a story is behind every one of them. An island with a sink and bar stools are sure to be at the centre space of the kitchen, that is the heart of this type of home. A touch of bling may be apparent in the caprice of the owner, like an expresso machine just off the kitchen counter, or a high quality sound system for those moments to kick back. Overall the home demonstrates sleek, clean, unencumbered lines, having throughly thought out an easy maintenance plan. Nooks and decks with great arm chairs can be found, because after all this lifestyle is more about living in the moment and enjoying the simplicities of what life has to offer.
Whatever the style, remember, design and architecture are about finding your personal fit. As best said by Frank Lloyd Wright: “The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.” And so, fittingly, the last words of advice, the design you choose, should enhance the lifestyle you live.
use of materials counts – bricks, ceramic, durable
art care in the jungle
Set back in the jungle, it would be a mix of industrial and colonial style as designed by Moogly.
Contemporary has no problems swinging from one extreme to the other on the color scale. While the Contemporary Style loves curves. Bold shapes on ceramics. The lighting design is used as an artistic statement in a contemporary interior.
Pieces feature strong, bold lines and smooth surfaces without any carving or adornment. Silhouettes are slim without being dainty. Contemporary interiors feature tone-on-tone color palettes relying heavily on brown, taupe, cream and pure white.