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

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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 – 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

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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.

Courtyard House / Atelier Sacha Cotture

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Architects: Atelier Sacha Cotture
Location: ,
Area: 465.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Luca Tettoni

100 Walls Church / CAZA

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Architects: CAZA
Location: Cebu City,
Area: 8924.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Iwan Baan

Construction Story: Carlos Arnaiz Discusses the Church of 100 Walls

When commissioned to design a church in , the oldest urban center of the , 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

A man stands atop debris as residents salvage belongings from the ruins of their houses after battered Tacloban city in central November 10, 2013. Image Courtesy of Flickr user, mansunides

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.

OMA-designed Luxury Home in Manila Nears Completion

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

Oceo Drive Tourist Resort Proposal / STAPL Architects

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Designed by STAPL Architects at the popular diving hub of the , 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

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Architects: WORKSHOP
Location: Tacloban,
Design Team: Alexander E. Furunes, Trond Hegvold and Ivar K. V. Tutturen
Year: 2011
Area: 46 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Ronnie Ramirez, Nelson Petilla & Verlyn Ponce

Zuellig Building / SOM

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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 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 () 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

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Architects: Buensalido Architects
Location: , Philippines
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 180 sqm
Photographs: Mitch Mauricio

Smiles By Dr. Cecile / Buensalido Architects

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Architects: Buensalido Architects
Location: Dusit Hotel, City, Metro , Philippines
Area: 90 sqm
Completion: 2009
Photographs: Benson Go

Trump Tower Manila / Century City Development Corporation

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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, . 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

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Architects: Buensalido Architects
Location: Fort Global City, City,
Size: 250 square meters
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Buensalido Architects

Maynilad Water Complex Proposal / HartnessVision

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Located in front of 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.

Entry for the CCP Architectural Design Competition for the Artist’s Center and Performing Arts Theatre / Buensalido Architects

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The Cultural Center of the ’ masterplan states that ”The CCP Complex shall be a center for arts and culture in Asia. Primarily, it shall be the centerpiece of artistic expression of the Filipino soul and spirit, created for the Filipino artist and all sectors of Philippine society. The CCP Complex shall be the major cultural, ecological and tourism landmark of the . It shall be a home for the Filipino artist and an urban oasis for the Filipino people.” In relation to this vision, the Cultural Center of the , recently held a design competition for two new iconic buildings within it’s complex –a New Performing Arts Theatre, and an Artists’ Center, located within the Arts Sanctuary Cluster of the 62 hectare property. recently shared with us their entry for this competition.

Coral City / GOMMA Design

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Rome based architecture and design firm GOMMA Design has submitted one of their latest projects, Coral City, a self-sustaining and disaster-resistant eco-village in the , submitted for the DAtE competition. Additional images of their proposal and a lengthy description are available after the break.

DAtE 101 / skm2

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Martin Schorn and Michael Koecher of skm2 have shared with us their runner up proposal for the Design Against the Elements 2010 international competition. Additional images and a brief abstract from the designers after the jump.