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MFA+R: Our Game Changer in Architecture Design for Life, Body and Nature

It isn’t a surprise to see the Calma family of architects and designers shine on the front page of the Philippine Tatler’s...

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Calma Musuem Nuvali

It isn’t a surprise to see the Calma family of architects and designers shine on the front page of the Philippine Tatler’s Design issue. Joined by Sou Fujimoto, an award-winning Japanese architect known for his innovative designs, they are set to build the Museum for Architecture + Residences (MFA+R) which can be a game changer in architecture design.

Carlo Calma Properties Philippine Tatler 2019 Design Issue
Photo: Philippine Tatler. June 2019

With Fujimoto’s philosophy of integrating nature and architecture, the museum’s over-arching design concept is a “reinterpretation of rice fields” seen in a vertical landscape.

Unlike other structures, the Museum for Architecture + Residences’ (MFA+R) gentle veil of greenery creates a harmonious blend with nature.

It is a catalyst for cultural change where there will be talk about architecture and continuous creative dialogue.


Carlo Calma, president of Calma Properties and design consultant, sees it to be a hub where exhibitions are to be held and extensive cataloguing of architecture’s past, present and future.

This vision is extended to include commercial and residential spaces.

Commercial space
Museum floor

Each residential unit will have a unique floor plan which will focus on the overall wellness of its occupants. It allows them to use the power of meditation and have their own cultural retreat.

Residential Unit
Residential, Living Room

The body and architecture are one in nature. That intimacy excites us deeply.


This project is a testament of what JP Calma, CEO of Calma Properties has built and what he believes in around architecture. The practice of constructing buildings is a “potent field that cuts across culture, technology and art”, he says. It goes beyond what people expect real estate to be and a break from the status quo.

Real estate should only be about architecture.


As this is a new typology of high rise buildings, it is only fitting that this piece of the future should be situated in Nuvali, the first and largest eco-city in the country.

Museum for Architecture + Residences Overview
Philippine Tatler Design Issue 2019