Philippine architecture wins world acclaim

05:15 PM December 21, 2017

MANILA, Philippines – For the last ten years, the best and the brightest in the architecture world have sent their work for judging in the World Architecture Festival. Dubbed as the Oscars of Architecture, this year’s event at Arena Berlin last Nov. 15-17 garnered 400 entries from 68 countries.


Of the elite finalists, four came from the Philippines. See the winning work on exhibit from Dec. 18-22, 2017 at the Promo Garden of Central Square Mall in BGC.

Launched as well during the event was the Grohe Zeitgeist Design Award, envisioned to become an annual recognition of Philippine architecture that brings glory to the country.


The first four awardees of the GROHE ZEITGEIST DESIGN AWARD are the Philippine finalists and winner of the WAF 2017.

Project Streetlight Tagpuro emerged the winner in the Civic and Community – Completed and Small Projects categories.

This project of Eriksson Furunes, Leandro V. Locsin Partners (LVLP) and Boase was a win as well for the Filipino spirit of Bayanihan

Rising from the devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan or Yolanda as it was locally known in the country, Leandro V. Locsin Partners + Eriksson Furunes + Boase, together with the Streetlight community steered the rebirth of the orphanage swept to the sea.

The Chapel of St. Benedict and St. Scholastica by WTA Architecture and Design Studio was shortlisted   under the Religion – Completed and Best Use of Color categories.

Pambujan, one of the poorest towns in Northern Samar lacked a proper hospital, When WTA stepped up to help, they also built a chapel for the court yard; a chapel whose unique design, much like two hands clasped in prayer, would then gain the attention of the WAF 2017 jurors.


WTA Architecture and Design Studio had two more projects shortlisted : namely El Museo del Prado en Filipinas in the Display Category and One Valenzuela Mall in the Shopping – Completed category.

The New Supreme Court design concept

The New Supreme Court design concept by Jorge Yulo Architects & Associates , was also shortlisted in the World Architecture Festival 2017 under the Civic – Future Projects category.

The design that broke the mold of   classically-inspired Supreme Court buildings worldwide that project an acropolitan and commanding image to convey a declaration of influence, immovability, and authority. In contrast, this concept proposes a structure with visual and physical semi-permeable membranes for walls to convey transparency and accountability.

One Ayala

One Ayala by Visionary Architecture : shortlisted   under the Infrastructure – Future Projects category.

Faced with an opportunity to design a mixed-use development on the site formerly occupied by the Hotel InterContinental Manila, the gateway to Makati Central Business District, Ayala Land partnered with Visionary Architecture to make the once impermeable site accessible to a mixed gradient of users, symbolizing the democratic ideals of social integration over isolation, of inclusion over exclusion.

DON’T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD ! Open to the public, the GROHE- WORLD OF ARCHITECTURE FESTIVAL 2017 FINALISTS AND WINNER EXHIBIT BEGINS DEC. 18, 2017 AND RUNS TILL DEC. 22, 2017 AT THE PROMO GARDEN OF CENTRAL SQUARE MALL IN BGC. On exhibit as well are the award winning products of GROHE unveiled during WAF 2017 : SENSIA ARENA, the groundbreaking shower toilet , and SMART CONTROL, that gives perfect showering with a push.

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