This is a healing centre like no other, set in the jungle foothills of three volcanoes in the Philippines, three hours from Manila.
It is a sacred space for energy and spiritual purposes designed to the proportions of Phi (the golden ratio) and Fibonacci which are mathematical proportions found in nature and in many ancient and modern landmarks.
The site and placement of the building uses Feng Shui and faces north-east towards the central volcano such that the sacred Mt Banahaw spring water stream runs favourably from NE to SW.
The area is well known as a sacred place visited by pilgrims for the healing powers of the spring water, considered “holy water” by the local residents.
The main structure was topped out in August 2016 with on-going landscaping and external works.
A typhoon prone structure includes high-tech materials like composites and pultruded beams. Central columns and the double curved perimeter beam is Austrian glulam and the roof tiles are 6mm thick translucent composites embedded with Abaca leaves with profiled natural ventilation vents.
A large double curved composite formed perimeter gutter directs rainwater into open skylights to cascade into circular tree planters beneath where trees will grow and eventually penetrate these roof openings.
This structure is very tied respectfully to the landscape and future landscaping will be trees on a radial pattern around the main structure to amplify the healing quality of this esoteric temple.