The Artist’s Center and Performing Arts Theater Complex by Buensalido Architects, shall be the major cultural, ecological and tourism landmark of the Philippines. 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 Philippines, 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.
As one of the 5 finalists, Buensalido Architects share the concepts behind their entry:
The Philippines is known for its hybrid of cultural identities. Our descendants hailed from different countries, eventually forming intricate layers of diverse characteristics which now define Filipinos. Our distinctiveness, therefore, lies in that hybridity – we are a unique tapestry of interwoven cultures.
The two structures create a tapestry of architectonic “threads” originating from various locations mapped out within the Cultural Complex, then connected with imaginary splines that wrap around the given sites. All “threads”, after being interwoven, culminate in an upward sweep towards the sea at the New Performing Arts Theatre site, signifying the project’s important role to stir a sense of cultural aspiration in the hearts of Filipinos.