Last edited 13 Sep 2017

ICONE Tower, Manila

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In September 2017, Henning Larsen Architects won an international competition for their design for a new landmark skyscraper in Manila, in the Philippines.

Designed in collaboration with landscape architects SLA and BuroHappold Engineering, the Shard-like tower rises as a dramatic spire from a large public plaza, and is intended to become a new icon on the Manila skyline, as well as reinforcing the sense of evolution in terms of traditional Filipino architecture.

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ICONE Tower will be located within the Bonifacio Global City business district and will be 308 m tall.

The complex will have greenery integrated in all areas, including green terraces and atriums, and a dense canopy of tall trees in the plaza which are intended to provide shade for events.

According to the architects:

“The tower is designed to set an example for how tall buildings should give back to cities and its people and how to revitalise an entire area.

“This building represents a milestone for Manila and the Philippines. We aimed to make it a truly Filipino building by understanding and integrating elements of Filipino nature, culture and climate.”

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Illustrations: Henning Larsen

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