Rising on the rolling hills of Cabantian, Buhangin in Davao City is Northtown, a residential haven master planned in the Tropical Contemporary style, which best captures the fine balance between nature and structure. Through this aesthetic, homes can make the most of the terrain, maximizing the natural lighting, ventilation, and vistas. 

Northtown lot owners will be pleased to know that Phase 1 of the development is at 85% completion, which means lot owners may now start to plan and submit their homebuilding applications. 

Below is a list of the signature features of the Tropical Contemporary architectural design, along with suggestions from reputable architectural firms on how best to execute it:

Merging architecture with nature

Features such as large balconies, floor-to-ceiling windows, and plant boxes built into the exterior walls blur the line between indoor and outdoor spaces, bringing nature closer to home.

Oversized windows blend the indoor with the outdoor Concept design by ONG&ONG

Oversized windows blend the indoor with the outdoor
Concept design by ONG&ONG

Use of natural materials

Natural materials such as stone and wood lend the homes in Northtown a sense of warmth that synthetic materials can’t replicate.

This design makes liberal use of natural materials such as wood and stone Concept design by P.C. Tan Architects + Associates

This design makes liberal use of natural materials such as wood and stone
Concept design by P.C. Tan Architects + Associates

Functional yet aesthetic

Tropical Contemporary design embodies the marriage of form and function. For instance, homes can have a split gable that serves as an eye-catching architectural feature while also encouraging passive thermal cooling.

The distinctive split gable roof in this design keeps the home naturally cool Concept design by SM Mascardo

The distinctive split gable roof in this design keeps the home naturally cool
Concept design by SM Mascardo

Elegant simplicity

Understated elegance is a guiding principle of Tropical Contemporary design. To achieve such a look, the homes in Northtown should ideally be crafted with sleek, clean lines that heed the oriental roots of this design philosophy. It also ensures that the structure will not overpower the beauty of its natural surroundings.

Understated elegance is a hallmark of Tropical Contemporary design Concept design by K+C Architects

Understated elegance is a hallmark of Tropical Contemporary design
Concept design by K+C Architects

Natural light and ventilation

Key to Tropical Contemporary design is ensuring that the home is breezy and well-lit through large openings, corner windows, and glass railings. Incorporating these elements into their Northtown home also gives residents many opportunities to enjoy a gorgeous, panoramic view of the hilly Cabantian terrain.

Large windows allow plenty of natural light and air into the home Concept design by Far East Associates.

Large windows allow plenty of natural light and air into the home
Concept design by Far East Associates.

An atmosphere of warmth

In keeping with the design aesthetic, install ambient lighting, hardwood fixtures, and wide windows to create a sense of natural warmth and comfort in your home.

Classic tropical interiors exude warmth Concept design by CPuentespina Interior Design & Architecture

Classic tropical interiors exude warmth
Concept design by CPuentespina Interior Design & Architecture

Colors in tune with nature

Neutral colors such as grey, white, brown, beige, and cream allow the homes to blend in harmoniously with the surrounding terrain. This color palette is also visually restful, which reinforces the leisurely lifestyle that Northtown promotes.

The homes’ color palette must also complement the natural surroundings Concept by D+P Arkitekto

The homes’ color palette must also complement the natural surroundings
Concept by D+P Arkitekto

Welcome nature inside

Consider installing fixtures such as skylights and sliding doors to establish a closer connection between your home’s interiors and the natural landscape outside.

Interior design inspired by the open and inviting qualities of nature Concept by Studio F+A

Interior design inspired by the open and inviting qualities of nature
Concept by Studio F+A

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