These cool cuboid houses could be the future of typhoon-resistant living—thanks to a Bicolano designer!

A Bicolano visual artist and industrial designer has built a cuboid house that will make families safer during typhoons.

After witnessing thousands of families left homeless typhoon after typhoon in the Bicol region, a visual artist and industrial designer took matters into his own hands and built a revolutionary typhoon-proof cuboid house in Albay.

Designer Gil Bien from San Jose in Malilipot, Albay, began the work following the destruction caused by Typhoon Rolly in the region in 2020. He carefully studied the impact of strong winds on traditional homes and identified their weak points during typhoons.

Two years later after thorough research and design, his vision became a reality with the construction of two prototypes of cuboid houses in his hometown, reported BicoldotPH.

What makes these cuboid houses stand out? They feature round corners to reduce wind resistance during typhoons, allowing for better airflow and ventilation. According to Gil, this innovative design ensures cooler temperatures inside, even amidst scorching heat.

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The design was specifically tailored for tropical climates like the Philippines, with a focus on making these homes typhoon-proof, Gil said in an interview with BicoldotPH.

“Yung ventilation niya, medyo kinompromise naming kasi nagbigay kami ng mas malaking wave doon sa proteksyon sana sa bagyo. But we consider the design to be set in a tropical setting, exactly in the Philippines,” he said.

While these homes may come with a price tag ranging from Php1.8 million to Php3 million, which can be more expensive than traditional homes, Gil assures that the long-term benefits are priceless: they’re more durable and require fewer repairs in the future.

But don’t just take Gil’s word for it—the cuboid house design has also undergone rigorous analysis and approval by experts, who studied and checked the design thoroughly to ensure its reliability and safety, according to the report.

“Our cuboid has been backed by architects so these structures of ours, na-study nila, na-check nila and we’ve been given a go signal, we’ve also got tests by civil engineers and electricals so our house is really down to the papers,” said Gil’s son, Renzo, an architecture graduate.