Proposed Renovation of Banaue Hotel and Youth Hostel

 Banaue, Ifugao

View of West Facade from Nueva Vizcaya-Ifugao-Mountain Province Road

 View from Banaue-Mayoyao Road

View from Banaue-Mayoyao Road at night

View from Entrance Drive


Covered Entrance Plaza opening out to View of Terraces ahead, with Main Lobby at right

Main Lobby

Main Lobby at Night with Allegorical Ifugao Ritual in Fireplace Ornamental Screen

Spa and Pool

Spa and Pool at night


Youth Hostel


Evening View of West Facade from Nueva Vizcaya-Ifugao-Mountain Province Road

Architectural Design Statement for the Proposed Banaue Hotel Renovation
February 19, 2017
The goal of our proposed renovation is to make Banaue Hotel a meaningful and memorable instrument for the interpretation and understanding of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras.
We propose to open up the spaces to the views. Beginning with the visitors’ arrival, we take them immediately to the purpose of their visit, the view of the terraces. The Main Lobby is transformed from a dark cavern into a steel, glass and wood abstraction of the Ifugao hut, with steel elements that mimic the wood original.
Succeeding experiences will be opportunities to further understand the culture and story of the Ifugao.
The rooms will be divided into four room clusters, named Banaue, Hungduan, Kiangan, and Mayoyao, and their decoration will reflect the colors and cultural specificity of their namesake terrace clusters. The exteriors will be painted the color of Ifugao rice.
The ornament we use will derive from Ifugao ritual and narrative. For example, the iron fireplace screen at the very center of the Main Lobby will contain abstracted images of ritual dancers, whose shadows will dance in response to the dance of the fire.
The wood screens in the public spaces will also carry Ifugao narrative. In Tinawon Restaurant, named after the rice grown only in Ifugao, we propose a continuous carved wooden screen at the transom level of the glass wall that tells the story of early Ifugaos teaching the gods how to cook with fire in exchange for the special rice called Tinawon.
For the name of the bar, we suggest Tapuy, the word for the Ifugao wine made from rice. The ballroom/convention hall could be named Gotad-A Pavilion, after the term used for great feast.
The over-all impact is to help the world understand and appreciate the Ifugao and the unique culture that produced this unique and world-class cultural landscape.