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Disaster Responsive Shelter / Urban Intensity Architects + TAArchitects + Kyungsub Shin

  • Architects: Urban Intensity Architects, TAArchitects, Kyungsub Shin
  • Location: Tanauan, Leyte, Philippines
  • Area: 160.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Urban Intensity Architects + TAArchitects + Kyungsub Shin

Courtesy of Urban Intensity Architects + TAArchitects + Kyungsub Shin Courtesy of Urban Intensity Architects + TAArchitects + Kyungsub Shin Courtesy of Urban Intensity Architects + TAArchitects + Kyungsub Shin Courtesy of Urban Intensity Architects + TAArchitects + Kyungsub Shin

1545 House / LIMA Architecture

  • Architects: LIMA Architecture
  • Location: Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines
  • Architects In Charge: Don Lino, Andro Magat
  • Area: 550.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Terence Angsioco

© Terence Angsioco © Terence Angsioco © Terence Angsioco © Terence Angsioco

Libeskind Breaks Ground on 60-Story “Century Spire” in Philippines

Last week, Daniel Libeskind joined Century Properties Group to celebrate the ground breaking of the “Century Spire.” Designed as a key building for Century City - a 3.4 hectare, mixed-use development in Makati - the all-glass, 60-story office and residential tower sets itself apart with a “dramatic crown” that divides and expands the building’s top half as it rises. 

MAT-TER Designs Storm-Resistant School for the Philippines

Major natural disasters caused by climate change are becoming an unfortunate certainty worldwide. Prevention of these events is something that no single architect can accomplish, but preparation for them can be. To that end, Open Online Academy (OOAc) has challenged architects worldwide to design disaster-resistant architecture with their online course "Designing Resilient Schools." Architecture firm MAT-TER has responded to this challenge with a new design for Guiuan National High School in the Philippines, an area hit especially hard by last year’s Typhoon Haiyan. The design is a singular, compact structure designed to better withstand the forces of major storms, doubling as both a school and a community emergency shelter.

Construction Story: Carlos Arnaiz Discusses the Church of 100 Walls

When commissioned to design a church in Cebu, the oldest urban center of the Philippines, Carlos Arnaiz of CAZA hoped to create a “scared place that embodied the contemporary search for meaning.” Inspired by the world’s diversity, Arnaiz, together with his colleagues, envisioned the Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod, the “Church of 100 Walls.” Symbolic of “commonality and difference,” the church represents the many paths one may take through life and invites visitors to explore its many, distinct spaces made up of 100, uniquely-sized walls. 

Architects & AIA Respond to Devastation in the Philippines, Call for Immediate Help

On Friday, one of the strongest storms ever to hit land left 660,000 Filipinos homeless, with countless more desperately needing basic supplies to survive. 

In the wake of catastrophe wrought by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Architecture for Humanity are calling for immediate help as survivors face severe shortages of food, water, shelter and medical supplies. 

Both organizations will be aiding local volunteers to help rebuild in the coming days and weeks. Through speaking with local stakeholders and construction professionals, they are working to begin understanding the on-the-ground situation to prioritize rebuilding needs and help affected regions build back better and stronger. Relief and reconstruction, however, cannot happen without your support. Learn how you can send aid to typhoon victims today after the break. 

CCV Chapel / Stan Allen Architect

  • Architects: Stan Allen Architect
  • Location: Tagaytay, Philippines
  • Project Team: Carlos Arnaiz, Jane Kim, Benjamin Cadena, Marc McQuade
  • Area: 230.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Marvin Dungao

© Marvin Dungao © Marvin Dungao © Marvin Dungao © Marvin Dungao

OMA-designed Luxury Home in Manila Nears Completion

Vanity Fair reports that Developer Robbie Antonio’s OMA-designed “Stealth,” a $15 million private residence/art gallery in Manila will be completed by the end of the month. The home is a series of stacked, irregular boxes with rooftop pool and waterfall.

Oceo Drive Tourist Resort Proposal / STAPL Architects

Designed by STAPL Architects at the popular diving hub of the Philippines, the Oceo Drive tourist resort is a beachfront property which has multiple dwelling options ranging from single studio rooms, suites, sky villas, bungalows and beach facing villas. With the intention to be on an axis which aligns all its rooms and public spaces towards the overwhelming view of the beach and sea beyond, the resort makes for a perfect summer getaway.  More images and architects’ description after the break.

Study Center in Tacloban / Workshop

  • Architects: Workshop
  • Location: Tacloban, Philippines
  • Design Team: E. Furunes, Trond Hegvold and Ivar K. V. Tutturen
  • Area: 46.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Workshop

Courtesy of Workshop Courtesy of Workshop Courtesy of Workshop Courtesy of Workshop

Zuellig Building / SOM

© Marty Llagan
© Marty Llagan

SOM recently shared with us their new tower located in Manila’s Makati Central Business District that has been shortlisted for a 2012 MIPIM Asia award. Rising 33 stories to height of 160 meters, the Zuellig Building is the first premium office tower in the Philippines to be erected since 2000. It is also the first building in Makati that has been pre-certified by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) at the LEED Gold level, and is expected to achieve LEED Platinum certification by September 2013. More details after the break.

The House / Buensalido Architects

© Mitch Mauricio © Mitch Mauricio © Mitch Mauricio © Mitch Mauricio

Smiles By Dr. Cecile / Buensalido Architects

  • Architects: Buensalido Architects
  • Location: Makati City, Philippines
  • Architects: Buensalido Architects
  • Area: 90.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Benson Go

© Benson Go © Benson Go © Benson Go © Benson Go

Trump Tower Manila / Century City Development Corporation

Courtesy of Century City Development Corporation
Courtesy of Century City Development Corporation

Century City Development Corporation, a subsidiary of Century Properties Group Inc. focused on mixed-use developments with high-rise condominiums, recently revealed their architectural design for the Trump Tower in Manila, Philippines. The tower is going to be prominent on the Manila skyline for years to come. It’s a beautiful glass building – very architecturally significant with an incredible spire. Its architecture will be truly iconic. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Chef's Table / Buensalido Architects

  • Architects: Buensalido Architects
  • Location: Fort Global City, Taguig City, Philippines
  • Architects: Buensalido Architects
  • Area: 250.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010

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Maynilad Water Complex Proposal / HartnessVision

Located in front of Manila City Hall, the proposed project by HartnessVision integrates ‘water branding’ into the architecture of this Maynilad customer facility. The site is organized around 3 programmed axes (nature, access, amenities) in which pedestrians have priority. The expression of water-channeling and healthy clean water resources play important roles in their concept. More images and project description after the break.