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Hi, I'm Stan Cabigas, a freelance photographer from the Philippines and available for work and collaboration. TenZeroFour is my Architecture and Interiors website and blog.

The simple architecture of a native beach hut

The Philippines, being an archipelagic country has the second longest combined coastline in the world next only to Indonesia. Scattered around the islands are different types of beaches ranging from white sandy shores to cream, a red, brown, to black in areas with a volcanic history. And seen in these beaches are the usual native huts.

I was in Lamitan City in Basilan last Tuesday and one of the places we visited was Calugusan Beach. Although native beach huts are common where a strip of shore is patronized by locals, I did appreciate the construction and design of the structure found there.

The Philippine native beach hut usually comes in two forms: square or round. The material of choice is bamboo for most of its construction topped with a roof usually made from nipa or other readily available material which might be anahaw leaves or cogon grass. The one in Calugusan is typical.

A small tree trunk is at the center of the structure. At its base is a circular table made from split bamboo and most of the wooden frame of the structure, from the table, seating as well as roof framework is a 1×2 wood sourced from a lumber. Around it is a circular seating while the nipa roof is covered with a dark netting to protect it from the elements and extend its life.

Native beach hut

Native beach hut

Native beach hut

Native beach hut