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This Is What The Mañosa-Designed New Supreme Court Looks Like

See exclusive images of how Filipino firm Mañosa & Co will give the Supreme Court Complex in BGC an eco-friendly, solar-powered, modern-tropical design, inside and out

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Photography: Illustrations by Manosa & Co courtesy of Supreme Court of the Philippines

For decades, Filipinos have associated government buildings with the classical-revival style. Think of the columns, marble steps, and the pomp and circumstance of many of the Manila structures that aim to inspire a sense of order. Smaller-scale and newer buildings, in the meantime, have gotten lost in our current urban chaos, without any specific aesthetic, rhyme or reason.

We’ve got reason to hope for a return to a sense of stateliness as far as our institutional buildings are concerned, what with the New Supreme Court Complex being designed by Mañosa & Co., a Filipino team of environmentally conscious architects, designers and consultants. Alongside specific leanings towards Filipino culture plus an emphasis on environmental consciousness and sustainable energy, the new complex slated to rise in 2019 promises to bring a fresh take and relevancy to an old institution. Here are ten reasons we are excited about it:

The design was properly vetted. Mañosa & Co won out over 68 local and international entries in a design competition held for the project.


The team behind the new SC is diverse and multi-pronged. Alongside Mañosa & Co’s team led by architects Gelo Mañosa, Ludwig Alvarez, and IDr. Bambi Mañosa (heading interior design), Canada-based sustainable design consultant Engr. Albert Bicol and Malaysian ecoarchitect Ken Yeang have also contributed their smarts to the design.

 

Solar power and earthquake proofing are chief concerns. Beyond becoming a culturally iconic building, The Supreme Court envisions the building as green and resilient, holding a low carbon footprint. These two main features mirror the efficiency and effective dispensation of justice effected by the SC.


The building employs passive cooling and natural light. Passive cooling and natural light solutions help regulate the demand of energy throughout the complex. With a sun reflector system to filter natural light into workspaces, the need for artificial lighting and temperature regulation systems lowers substantially.

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It will give a new perspective on the Philippines. A design that centers on the Philippine context and environment supports Filipinism, which in turn boosts the values in and surrounding the Supreme Court itself.


It’s a model for self-sustaining architecture. The complex will be a net zero energy facility. Only a few buildings around the world can claim to generate enough renewed energy to equal the amount it consumes.


Biodiversity is a key feature. Not all buildings in the country respect the natural flora and fauna of the environment. The new SC is designed not just to work with flora but also integrates fauna: birds, reptiles and arthropods are integrated into the building design.


It will work with our tropical climate. Recycling and irrigation are essential to Mañosa’s design. A rainwater collection system will store water for garden spaces and surrounding greenery. With a supplementary gray water recycling system, water consumption is significantly reduced.

Fuel is a focus. Organic wastes generated by the complex can be used to produce biofuel for power generation. A built-in, advanced gasification system is built helps process this waste material.

Solar farming offers a broader, long-term perspective to design. Harvesting sunlight year round is made possible through solar panels installed on roofs and decks. Coupled with an energy efficient LED lighting system, the building is assured of stores of energy over long periods of time.

Watch the 3D walk-through video of the new Supreme Court Complex design here:

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