Last edited 26 Dec 2020

ICONE Tower, Manila


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.


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.”


Illustrations: Henning Larsen

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