How shall we design the New Senate Building?
Consider green, secure, functional, and iconic. With the Senate of the Philippines having recently celebrated its centennial, the vision is to provide a design that will symbolize the Senate for what it stands for, a design that will become a landmark for the Filipino people, and a design that can take the Senate of the Philippines to the next 100 years.
The New Senate Building is to be located at the Navy Village in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. The site is part of BCDA`s newest development for government institutions and commercial establishments.
The lot has an area of 18,320 square meters (sq.m.) with an allowable gross floor area of 85,925 sq.m. The land use is designated as institutional with a required open space of 20%, at the minimum, of the total lot area, including a 1,135 sq.m. open public space in the middle of the property to conform with BCDA`s master development plan.
The facility, which is envisioned to be green building-certified, will serve the required functions and operations of the Senate of the Philippines and its constituents, and thus the following space allocations are expected: session hall, assembly areas, meeting rooms, executive rooms and offices, committee rooms and offices, museum and libraries, public assistance office, cafeteria, recreational area, parking spaces, and commercial and public spaces. Other functions of the facility cater to security, health, IT and communications, storage, and MEPF (Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Fire Protection). Furthermore, the development aims to be green and sustainable, favoring environmentally-responsible and energy-efficient materials and facilities from the construction to the operations and maintenance of the building.
Considering the above requirements, the construction cost of the building should not exceed the allowable Php 50,000 per square meter, an amount which considers the building structure and the electro-mechanical components of the facility. The structure should comply with design standards of the National Building Code of the Philippines and the height limitations set by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.
More technical and functional considerations of the development will be provided and discussed during the second stage consultation sessions of the competition.