To the architect, part of the reason of returning to live in a tropical country was all about enjoying the sun all year round but at the same time keeping out the heat out. Clear glass windows and doors facing the North are maximised, while solid raw reinforced concrete walls are built at 200mm thick to shield the house from strong sunshine from the East and West. Except for the private rooms and bathrooms, all internal spaces were designed as open and inter- connected to maximise the effect of cross ventilation. Central courtyard acts as a wind towers brings hot air up. Dramatic double volume ceiling also draws hot air out from the living space through openings from the first floor.
The approach is very successful. The house is able to keep itself cool all year round.