The Making of Primavera’s Cantilever Edges

On my way to the office, I overheard two passengers talking about the “brown lego blocks” of Primavera Residences. Their conversation was in Bisaya so let me translate it in English.

Person 1 (P1): I really find that building unique. But isn’t it really costly to include those brown blocks for the building’s design?

Person 2: I heard it’s a condominium. People call it “The Lego House”. Haha.

P1: But those brown blocks, do you find it really necessary?

P2: For a design? I guess so. It makes it unique, a head turner.

But as much as I’d want to interrupt and answer them, let this blog post explain what those brown blocks are and how these are uniquely designed to promote the building’s eco-friendly features.


Cantilevered edges

Primavera Residences, a multi-awarded sustainable building in Cagayan de Oro, is designed by its own CEO and executive chairman, Arch. Romolo V. Nati. His designs were incorporated with a passive green energy strategy which led both towers to have this shading system that produces shadows minimizing the entry of direct sunlight moderating the temperature inside the units.

These cantilevered edges and brise soleils are one distinct feature of the building’s façade that create shades to reduce the entry of the sun’s heat, consequently slashing the need for air conditioning.


Shadow control

The facades are surrounded by brise soileils (shelters) that protect the windows and glass surfaces from direct sunlight, especially during the hottest time of the day. These reduce the overall internal temperature of the units in the building.

It is also designed in a way to use the building components—floors, slabs, projections and balconies—as shading devices for windows and terraces, that in turn are built in appropriate dimensions that reduce overheating and glare effect of up to 80% more than in conventional buildings. Even window sizes are strategically adjusted, south-facing windows are smaller than those on the opposite side of the building, to control the amount of the sunlight heat’s entry into the units.

In fact, when it comes to saving energy, you get to control and even minimize your own energy consumption because the entire building itself is designed to be energy self-sufficient. Because the cantilevers help reduce heat, unit owners can minimize their use of air-conditioners, thus saving energy and electricity costs of up to 20%.


This is just one of the eco-friendly features why Primavera Residences is internationally-awarded. While most commercial properties are too focused on generating revenue, the green building was built with a far more significant purpose geared towards caring for the environment.

Unit owners don’t just own a condo at this eco-friendly property; they also become promoters of sustainable living and advocates of the environment

Do you want to live in an uniquely-designed and eco-friendly home? Primavera Residences offers condo units for rent and for sale in Cagayan de Oro. You can visit is through clicking here or you can call 0917 794 2221 and (088) 880-5002 for more information.