What is Tropical Modernism?

What is the idea of ​​tropical modernism?

・ Tropical = tropical
・ Modernism = functional and rational designing philosophy that combines with strength, practical use, and beauty

In other words, it is a combination of the following 5 principles of modernism architecture with tropical characteristics.

1. Pilotis

2. Free facade

3. Ribbon window

4. Open floor plan

5. Rooftop terrace

In contemporary urban architecture, glass architecture is predominant to achieve functional interior spaces, and only functional aspects are emphasized.
Ideas such as “roof terraces” and “pilotis,” principles of modernism architecture, are omitted and given little consideration. As the burden on the global environment becomes more and more of an issue, we feel that these principles need to be explored more deeply and applied to architecture.

Therefore, when considering architectural design in Japan, which has become “subtropical” due to global warming, there are new cities that can take hints for everyday living spaces from modernism architecture that developed independently in Southeast Asia, or “tropical modernism architecture,” which we believe can be applied to building types. However, because Japan’s climate includes typhoons and winters, architectural innovations and complementary facilities are needed rather than direct application.

Tropical modernism architecture is characterized by the effective use of “rooftops” and “pilotis,” which are semi- or fully open spaces that provide a connection with nature, such as water and greenery. Architectural projects that create such comfortable and attractive “places for living and commerce” and that consider the global environment, sunlight, wind, airflow, and direct sunlight will become widespread. We would like to find high value in these aspects.

To see the image of Tropical Urban Resort on Pinterest.

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