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Manila: The Latest Architecture and News

2019 Anthology Architecture and Design Festival Set to Open in Manila

The annual Anthology Architecture & Design Festival will take place in Fort Santiago, Manila. The three-day event showcases architecture and design within the Philippines and the Southeast Asian region and brings together practitioners and stakeholders to increase awareness about the relevance of architecture and design. As an incubator, the overall theme “Impact Architecture” will focus on the role of architects in the development of long-term, sustainable solutions to urban development, social inclusion, and cultural vibrancy.

Extreme Cities: The Densest, Coldest, Remotest, Most Visited (etc) Human Settlements on Earth

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Humans are adaptable animals; we have evolved to adjust to, and survive in, many difficult and extreme conditions. In some cases, these extremes are natural, while in other modern cities extreme living situations are created by us, and we are forced to accept and adjust. Here is a list of extreme settlement conditions: some challenging, some wonderful and all of them offering a fascinating insight into how we occupy the planet in 2017.

Henning Larsen Architects Reveals Dramatic "ICONE" Tower for Manila

Courtesy of BCDA
Courtesy of BCDA

Henning Larsen Architects, in collaboration with landscape architects SLA and BuroHappold Engineering, has been selected as the winners of an international design competition to design a new iconic skyscraper for the city of Manila, Philippines. Located within the Bonifacio Global City business district, “ICONE” tower rises from a large public plaza as a dramatic spire, piercing the sky and becoming a new icon for the Manila Skyline.

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Nike Designs Shoe-Shaped LED Track in Manila

NIKE has created a new experimental lab for running aficionados: the world’s first full-sized LED racing track. Built as a pop-up in Manila, Philippines, the "Unlimited Stadium" coincided with the launch of their new LunarEpic running shoe. The 200m long figure-8 course follows the imprint of the running shoe, scaled up to a 100ft long footprint lighting up the heart of Manila.

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Anthology Festival 2017: "Context and Intent"

Anthology Architecture and Design Festival 2017 is a three-day celebration of architecture and design to be held on March 31 to April 2, 2017 at the Puerta del Parian in the historic walled city of Intramuros, Manila, Philippines.

This year's festival theme is "Content and Intent." The festival will feature guest speakers, dialogue panels, designer interviews, and the eponymous exhibit. The festival will also feature various competitions and activities for all the attendees.

City Center Tower / CAZA

  • Architects: CAZA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 56.82
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2016

Manila Architecture Workshop Awarded in 2016 Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) Competition

Manila Architecture Workshop (MAAW) was just awarded one of six outstanding entries to the recently completed Metrobank Art and Design Excellence (MADE) programs for Architecture and Interior Design. In partnership with the United Architects of the Philippines and BluPrint Magazine, MADE encourages architects to design inventive buildings that address public, economic, and environmental issues.

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AD Classics: Parish of the Holy Sacrifice / Leandro V. Locsin

Once dubbed a “flying saucer,” the Parish (Church) of the Holy Sacrifice is a Modernist expression which embodies the complex colonial history of the Philippines. Located on a university campus in Quezon City (formerly the capital of the nation, now a part of the Metro Manila National Capital Region), the domed concrete church was the product of Filipino architect Leandro Locsin, and of three other national artists who contributed to the building’s interior.[1] Locsin’s design, which combines elements of traditional Filipino architecture with postwar International aesthetics, is a potent symbol of a newly-independent nation following centuries of imperial control.

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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.

The House / Buensalido Architects

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Manila, Philippines
  • Architects: Buensalido Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 180.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2011

Smiles By Dr. Cecile / Buensalido Architects

© Benson Go © Benson Go © Benson Go © Benson Go + 25

  • Architects: Buensalido Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 90.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2009

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.

Coral City / GOMMA Design

Courtesy GOMMA Design
Courtesy GOMMA Design

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 Philippines, submitted for the DAtE competition. Additional images of their proposal and a lengthy description are available after the break.

Design Against the Elements Green Design Award Winner / Nikola Enchev and Stefan Vankov

Courtesy of Nikola Enchev and Stefan Vankov
Courtesy of Nikola Enchev and Stefan Vankov

Nikola Enchev and Stefan Vankov shared with us their winning design in the student Green Design Award category for the Design Against the Elements Competition. Set in Manila, Philippines, the design addresses the disastrous consequences of climate change around the world, and propose an architecture that would end the cycle of destruction and rebuilding that occupies so much time and so many resources in countries that are most effected by extreme storms. The design focuses on affordable and resilient communities that use modern technologies to thwart the effects of such storms.

Read on after the break to read more on this project.

Courtyard House / Buensalido Architects

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Manila, Philippines
  • Architects: Buensalido Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 300.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2010