Jul 14, 2017

For a decade now, the World Architecture Festival (WAF) has spotlighted the most innovative and laudable architectural designs from all over the globe. This year, eight Philippine entries made it to the WAF Awards shortlist, the most number of designs featured from the country so far—truly a pat on the back for the local architecture scene.

According to its website, the WAF “is where the world architecture community meets to celebrate, learn, and be inspired. It is the only architecture event where keynote talks from the industry’s most influential figures sit alongside live crit presentations and judging of over 400 awards finalists, global networking, a 500-strong gallery, and an international product exhibition.”

Highlights of WAF 2017 are its seminar programme, live crit presentations, Berlin city tours, the WAF Festival Hall and Finalist Gallery, the Architectural Review (AR) Emerging Architecture Awards, and the WAF10 and Shortlist Party, which celebrates WAF’s 10th anniversary. Also included in the event line-up are a live student charrette, a closing gala, and the WAF Festival Hall Stage.

WTA Architecture and Design Studio’s Book Stop Project was named a finalist for the prestigious World Building of the Year Award in last year’s WAF. In 2015, shortlisted entries from the Philippines were: The Hacienda Community House in Laguna (Jorge Yulo Architects Associates), Urban Block in Taguig City (WTA Architecture and Design Studio), A Home with Many Moons in Santa Elena (CAZA), and AMA Bank Financial Centre in Mandaluyong City (Villegas-Roxas Consultants). In 2013, a team from the University of San Carlos in Cebu won first prize in the WAF student category with their concept “Village in a Box.”

Take a look at this year’s shortlisted entries from the Philippines under the major category “Completed Buildings”:

Eriksson Furunes + Leandro V. Locsin Partners + Boase, Streetlight Tagpuro, Tacloban, Philippines (Civic and Community subcategory and Small Projects category)
Located in Tacloban, Philippines, Streetlight is an orphanage and school. It houses a study and development center as well as a small clinic that provides basic health care.

nolisoliph Streetlight Tagpuro Tacloban


WTA Architecture and Design Studio, El Museo del Prado en Filipinas, Makati, Philippines (Display subcategory)
El Museo del Prado en Filipinas is a pop-up outdoor exhibit that features 54 high resolution prints of works that are on display at the Museo del Prado in Madrid.

nolisoliph El Museo del Prado en Filipinas Makati


WTA Architecture and Design Studio, The Chapel of St. Benedict and St. Scholastica, Pambujan, Philippines (Religion subcategory and Best Use of Color category)
According to WTA Architecture and Design Studio, the chapel “is located in a rural fishing village in Samar.” Inspired by the nipa hut, the structure is a spiritual center for the patients of Mission Hospital.

nolisoliph chapel St. Benedict St. Scholastica Pambujan


WTA Architecture and Design Studio, One Mall Valenzuela, Valenzuela City, Philippines (Shopping subcategory)
WTA Architecture and Design Studio describes this project as one that “seeks to provide a breakout space for the incredibly dense community by creating a forecourt that can be used for various public events.”

nolisoliph One Mall Valenzuela

And here are this year’s shortlisted entries from the Philippines under the major category “Future Projects”:

Jorge Yulo Architects & Associates, The New Philippines Supreme Court Building, Manila, Philippines (Civic subcategory)

nolisoliph Jorge Yulo New Philippine Supreme Court Manila


CAZA, New Supreme Court of the Philippines, Manila, Philippines (Competition subcategory)

nolisoliph caza new supreme court philippines manila


ASYA, Biomound, Malate, Philippines (Experimental subcategory)

nolisoliph ASYA Biomound Malate


Visionary Architecture, One Ayala, Makati City, Philippines (Infrastructure subcategory)

nolisoliph One Ayala Makati


All photos courtesy of World Architecture Festival


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