Tropical architecture

An overview of projects, products and exclusive articles about tropical architecture

Project • By Silpi ArchitectsResidential Landscape

The Kumbalangi Stories

Set against the enticing Kannamally backwaters in Kumbalangi, within the sprawling 89 cents of land, the beautiful residence is a picture painted right out of a dreamscape. Cocooned by the surrounding landscape, the majestic azure skies, and calm waters along the horizon against the verdant hues, the house is delicately designed to dematerialize into its backdrop. Spanning over 8200 square feet, home to a Dubai based banker, the house is designed to serve as a family holiday retreat in summers and a homestay all-round the year. Justin Sebastian Photography Context and Zoning Situated in a scattered residential setting, amidst the tropical greenery, abutted by an extensive water body on the west, the site is occupied mostly by tropica... More

Project • By ishtikaPrivate Houses

Idam- A house to come back to

A man who loves to travel, wanted a space - idam (ഇടം, Malayalam Transl.- space) to come back to; a space that reflected his journeys, both inwards and outside. This basic brief was manifested into a rugged, truthful and minimalistic home on a small plot of 2.5 cents in the urban outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala The presence of roads on two adjacent boundaries reduced the buildable area and restricted the house footprint to a mere 4.7m X 12m. The site sloping down alongside the road gave access to the plot at two levels; with a porch for two cars at level one and a pedestrian entry to the building at the second level. These levels were used as a tool to create and connect spaces within this 2-bedroom house. The pedestrian entry ope... More

Project • By TABARQPrivate Houses

Casa Brisas

Luxury and pleasure in nature The Warm Breezes villa is located in Misiones-Argentina, a wonderful environment that flows into the interior and exterior spaces of the residence. This prototype arises from a 2-level shifted volume with east-west oriented areas.It is composed of a wooden folding curtain and beige stone cladding, leaving a warm and neutral appearance to the prevalent green. This dynamic facade is manipulated according to use, and can be completely open with the best views or closed to create a clean sculpture.Pure custom furniture interiors keep a neutral palette, and details of the exterior wood are added at certain points of contrast. We conceived the project to be a sculpture of pleasure in its fullness, with a doub... More

Project • By PLANG GUY Co., Ltd.Private Houses


HAUS 18 is a private residence in Chiangrai, designed for a family who wants to break away from living in a confined space of shophouse but still wants a harmonious merge between the workspace and living space. The design of HAUS 18 intends to create sense of coziness, play with levels of privacy and provide the ultimate comfort of tropical living.  (Coziness)  The layout of the house is arranged in T-shape so all rooms have at least two sides which are in-touch with the outdoor greenery and fully taking-in natural light. The extrusion of blocks creates semi-outdoor veranda which acts as a transition between inside and outside, making the house more opened and relaxed. Using post tension structure, the span can be longer which r... More

Project • By HBOA (HB Ong Architect)Private Houses

Impian Residence

The site is situated on a higher ground between a peaceful residential road access with approximately 1.3m difference in level at front and approximately 0.6m at the back, facing a beautiful golf course.   The design intends to encourage owner to enjoy and engage with: Semi-outdoor & outdoor spaces Greenery surroundings Tropical climate The house is designed to experience tropical modern living with a series of indoor, semi-outdoor spaces and outdoor spaces of different functions. It is generally planned with 2 main wings with a swimming pool in between with the intention to break the building mass yet increasing the building perimeter for the vistas facing the golf course. By doing that, it also encourages more visual li... More

Project • By Design Collective Architects (DCA)Private Houses


House68 is a private family residence. The house is designed as a series of modern pavilions connected by large open terraces and water gardens. Each pavilion differs programmatically and allows for the large home to be sectionalized. A guest pavilion, an entertainment pavilion, a living pavilion and a service pavilion; each of which functions independently and may be sectionalized and closed off when not in use. This flexibility allows for the house to conform and to adapt to the changing needs of the family.   The design brief required that the house is able to adapt to the changing needs of a growing family for the coming years. The actual members of the family that will be staying in on a daily basis will change when their childr... More

Project • By Design Collective Architects (DCA)Private Houses

C House

The project is built over 2 plots of land located in the affluent and matured residential enclave of Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur. The average residential plot in the area hasa lot size of 600m2 with a standard double-storey housebuilt in the 1980s. The houses were of a small built up and generic.  Over the years, many homes were sold, demolished and rebuilt to reflect the current needs. Houses with more rooms were built to accommodate larger family units of multiple generations. Standards of living were higher with the increased in property value. Local guidelines also provided for the increase in storey height, density and size of homes.  These conditions encouraged an extended period of transition to the surrounding site.... More
Semi-open living area with Skylight
View from the Entrance
Living spaces overlooking the pool
Organic Distribution of Structures over the township
Steps leading to partially underground pool

Project • By MorphlabPrivate Houses

Shift-ing earth

This project is a conversation between Architecture and Nature. Set in the middle of a dense forest, the house pivots around a tree with its spaces shifting and stacking around it responding to its immediate context. The idea of the SHIFT-ing Earth stems from its response to its context. Change in context brings about change in the response. Such core contextual parameters were identified and synthesized into an algorithm that can be applied to different contexts producing different outcomes. This process helped us to populate the structures over the site of the township with unique solutions for every individual plot responding to parameters like Sun, Wind and Vista.  We looked into one such plot and explored more in the detail on th... More

Project • By Salagnac ArquitectosPrivate Houses

Casa Guayacán

Casa Guayacán is located in the mountainous foothills of Nosara. The property is surrounded by primary tropical forests and presents a splendid ocean view.   This house was designed by a couple of architects (Evangelina Quesada and Lucca Spendlingwimmer), who decided to move to the mountain with their two daughters to enjoy the tranquility that the mountain offers.   Casa Guayacán was conceived under a deep process of discussion between both architects, with different ideas and tastes at times, but with the advantage that both architects are lovers of contemporary tropical architecture and in this respect they agreed and were able to capture the concepts they have developed in common throughout their professional... More

Project • By Timur Designs LLPPrivate Houses

Rebecca Road House

Formerly concealed at the bottom of the ramp, below the road level, the original house had a little presence or identity. The new house was raised to the street level, giving it a formal guest entrance at the front and a family entrance at the bottom of the driveway, beside the garage. The entry lobby overlooks the high volume semi-outdoor dining patio space which in turn, opens out seamlessly onto the swimming pool. To accentuate the tropical quality of this space, mechanically controlled glass louvres are used to let in daylight while sheltering from the rain. Ventilation is improved by a high-volume low-speed (HVLS) fan which delivers an extra breezy feel. The rear and one side boundary abut sizable plots of state land with dense vege... More

Project • By MKBstudioHousing

Bosques 20 Houses

200 trees of different varieties and a gentle slope characterize this place where 20 houses are built. The houses are arranged in an orthogonal grid which outlines patios that embrace and frame all the existing trees. Thus, placing value on the natural elements that make up the atmosphere of the entire site. The single-story houses float slightly above the ground to allow the roots to pass freely beneath and while roof lines remain below the main branches; the homes thus, occupying the free space left by the forest. One lives among trees. All houses establish a fluid relationship with the outside, both its horizontal and vertical component. On the interior route, natural light filtered by the branches reaches us through interior patios t... More

Project • By J T A Co.Private Houses


This house is located on an elongated plot of land oriented north-south, surrounded by three other plots.  The plot to the front part of the north is current vacant of which a house may be built very soon.  The plot adjacent to the north-east is vacant orchard and not in the premises of the neighborhood.  The plot to the south has a house located on the west side and its garden on the east.  The need for privacy was an important consideration, as was the desire to create view and a sense of continuity between the exterior and interior is emphasized throughout the house.  The house was placed on the east part of the plot in an alternate position from the neighboring house in order to take the wind from the south with... More

Project • By Timur Designs LLPPrivate Houses

Siglap Avenue House

Detached house with swimming pool More

Project • By VOID opdPrivate Houses

NMF Residence

The NMF Residence is a contemporary house that evokes and celebrates traditional architecture such as the Hacienda house in Guanacaste, one of the typical manifestations of architecture in the northwest region of Costa Rica.   Guanacaste's vernacular architecture is a faithful reflection of knowledge and adaptation to the adverse climatic conditions of the Pacific plains of Guanacaste, a warm and dry climate under the scorching sun. This tradition is now reinterpreted to create a modern design, of geometric figures that allow the separation of environments and open internal spaces to the outdoors.   The NMF Residence is conceived and configured as a large central open space at double height, with movable glass floor-to-ceiling... More

Project • By EHKA StudioPrivate Houses

Stiletto House

Inspired by the beauty of free-flowing curves, Stiletto House is a fusion of sculpture and building, a blending of form and function to create living spaces that inspire. It embraces traditional concepts of tropical architecture while reinterpreting them in contemporary forms. It explores what a house could be like for an avid collector of antiques and ultra-modern furniture, a house that displays and becomes a display itself. The house strives to strike a delicate balance between the traditional masculinity of dramatic grand spaces and the sensuous, fluid nature of free flowing curves. An otherwise rigid double volume space is blanketed with the softness of the curved overhangs and columns.  The curves seek to question the possibility... More