daniel libeskind's 60-storey century spire in manila breaks ground
 
daniel libeskind's 60-storey century spire in manila breaks ground
jun 02, 2014

daniel libeskind's 60-storey century spire in manila breaks ground

daniel libeskind’s 60-storey century spire in manila breaks ground
image © studio AMD / courtesy of century spire and studio daniel libeskind

 

 

 

construction is underway in manila at the site of the daniel libeskind designed ‘century spire‘, a 60-storey mixed-use tower. located in century city, a district designated for premiere living accommodation, office space and commercial buildings, the tower forms part of a larger 3.4 hectare masterplan that will reshape the region’s skyline. developed by local real estate firm century properties, the high-rise is set to open in 2018.

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the tower forms part of a larger 3.4 hectare masterplan that will reshape the region’s skyline
image © studio AMD / courtesy of century spire and studio daniel libeskind

 

 

 

the glazed tower rises dramatically before dividing subtly into three segments that soar to different heights. a fourth volume sits atop the building, providing more floor space for the penthouse below which overlooks manila bay. the semi-reflective envelope comprises angular balconies and terraces that contribute towards the façade’s rhythmic geometric pattern.

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the glazed tower rises dramatically before dividing subtly into three segments that soar to different heights
image © studio AMD / courtesy of century spire and studio daniel libeskind

 

 

 

the lower third of the edifice is dedicated to offices, with residential accommodation above featuring penthouses, duplexes, suites and one, two and three bedroom apartments. each unit features floor-to-ceiling glazing with a unique floor plans that offer two floors of amenities for its residents. the tower’s slender form means that room is provided for a landscaped public plaza at the base of the design, while provision for parking is found below ground.

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amenities, including the swimming pool, have been designed by the armani/casa interior design studio
image courtesy of century spire

 

 

 

‘daniel libeskind’s design brings another dimension to century city. he has given us something really iconic in century spire. this building will not only change the architectural landscape of makati, but will likewise elevate the philippines’ image as a world-class destination,’ explained jose e.b. antonio, chairman and CEO of century properties group, inc.

 

‘I am delighted to be part of a project destined to reshape manila’s skyline and to make a bold and optimistic statement about the future of the philippines,’ commented daniel libeskind.

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juice bar
image courtesy of century spire

 

 

 

internally, common spaces and amenities have been developed by the armani/casa interior design studio, who also offer – on request – the deliverance of apartments or bespoke furnishings. commenting on the project, giorgio armani, president and chief executive officer of the armani group, said: ‘I am very happy with this collaboration, and i think that the combination of my vision with that of daniel libeskind will lead to the creation of a truly special place, characterized by elegance and a unique charm.’

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relaxation area
image courtesy of century spire

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the library
image courtesy of century spire

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sketch © daniel libeskind

 

 


century spire by century properties and daniel libeskind
video courtesy of century properties

 

 

project info:

 

location: manila, philippines
client: century properties
structural engineer: SY2 + associates inc.
mechanical/electrical: RTM mechanical engineering services
landscape architect: crearis
interior designer: armani casa

  • 1. Take rectangular tower designed by local firm,
    2 Add meaningless angled shapes
    3. Read three lines of poem by famous writer from Manila,
    4. Make up some reference to the culture of Manila,
    5. Tell media you love Manila and people of Manila, bright shining faces, etc.
    6. Et voila! Instant Libeskind ugly design!

    Kai S
  • I agree with the prior comment. The interiors are warm and inviting. The palette is well composed and consistent on its own terms. But the exterior is a repellant eyesore made up with clashing shapes that make no sense and are illogical as well as awkwardly composed. It is quite vulgar, really.

    BB269
  • It is a pity that the exterior was not also given to Armani Casa. They understand design. Libeskind’s crude and uninspired attempt at architecture will be a blight on the skyline.

    Ashford
  • How very true, Troy. You have a poignant observation.

    mario a. a. veloro
  • The Armani interiors seem well thought out, calm and refined. It’s a pity Libeskind’s exterior is such a meaningless and capricious collection of jarring shapes and inelegant diagonal lines. Whereas Arman’s approach to design is sophisticated, Libeskind’s approach is invariably slapdash and ill-considered.

    Troy Bedford

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