The Wave

What roots a beachfront residence in its place?

Siargao, Philippines
Schematic Design

This cluster of 36 apartments set on a secluded beach-front on the Philippines’ Siargao Island emerges from the forms of the surrounding landscape. Taking inspiration from ocean waves, the apartments are arranged in an arching building that recalls a swell, opening unimpeded views from each of the units over the water beyond.

The roofs of each home vault upwards from the balcony, creating an undulating rhythm that carries across the entire complex. A balance of lively communal spaces, secluded coastal gardens, and private terraces create a richly varied experience. At the center of the arch, an open-air lounge offers a place where residents get together, enjoy a drink at a sunken bar, or take a swim in a multi-level pool. This lounge is anchored by a beach-side restaurant that sits at the crest of the arch, where it commands sweeping views over the Pacific.


The building itself is made from natural materials chosen to bring guests close to the land. The residences are perched on cast-in-place concrete plinths that host communal spaces and elevate the homes above sea-level. Each residence is clad in hand-milled coconut husks harvested from the island, deepening the connection between the building and the surroundings.

  • SIZE: 4,139 SQM
  • PROJECT TEAM: Carlos Arnaiz, Xiao Tan, Queenie Xu