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SC picks PHL flag-inspired design for new ‘green’ building in Taguig


Supreme Court (SC) justices have chosen a Philippine flag-inspired design for the new solar-powered and earthquake-proof building of the high tribunal, which will rise at the Bonifacio Global City, Taguig in 2019.

The SC picked the proposal forwarded by Mañosa and Company, Inc., whose founder, Francisco Mañosa, is known for his Filipino-inspired architectural designs.

The winning design was announced by the SC in ceremonies held on Monday at the Baguio Country Club in Baguio City, where the justices are holding their yearly summer session.

Once finished, the building will have premises shaped like the equilateral triangle on the left side of the Philippine flag.

"With the sun (referring to the SC building) at the center, it radiates outward into a non-symmetrical form and sprawling clusters. Envisioned in stone, brass and glass, the interiors convey an aura of both stability and majesty," the design's description uploaded on the competition's website said.

 

According to an Unang Balita report, the environment-friendly building will be solar-powered and earthquake proof. 

The winning design came from Mañosa & Company, led by the son of architect Francisco Mañosa.

In 2013, the SC invalidated an order from former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo conferring the National Artist Award to Mañosa and three others.

The government has allotted P3.28 billion to fund the design and construction of the building, which is located on the 2.1-hectare lot of the former Philippine Army Security Escort Group in Fort Bonifacio.

During a groundbreaking ceremony led by then President Benigno Aquino III and Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno in October 2015, the SC said its new complex would include a nine-storey building with 51 offices and a six-storey parking building with 600 parking slots.

Sereno said the complex was slated to be completed by 2019.

The SC is currently housed in a building along Padre Faura, Manila that is owned by the University of the Philippines. — MDM, GMA News

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