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The light of Manila

SLA has designed a new large and green public plaza for Manila’s new iconic tower that features a wide range of activities, aiming to show how high-rise buildings are able to give back amenity and utility values to the public realm. A dense canopy of native trees covers the plaza and creates the ambience of a Filipino tropical forest and provides both shade and shelter, while creating a pleasant micro-climate, filtering air pollutant and buffering storm water. The result is a new type of gathering place in the middle of Manila that celebrates the cultural heritage and emphasizes the strong Filipino penchant for gatherings and celebration in public.


Site Manila, Philippines
Service Landscape design
Client Bonifacio Global City
Design 2016-2017
Collaborators Henning Larsen, Buro Happold Engineering

The project aims to show how high-rise buildings combined with native floras and faunas can bring new utility and amenity values to the cities and its people.