WORKS IN PROGRESS
The Cultural Center of the Philippines’ main building, Tanghalang Pambansa, along Roxas Boulevard is definitely hard to miss. Behind the beautiful central fountain is a twostory structure that reflects the late National Artist for Architecture Leandro V. Locsin’s signature style: a floating monolith of poured concrete executed in the Brutalist style, with a shape similar to the indigenous nipa hut. Finally, after a decade since it was last renovated, the CCP Complex is adding a new arts facility, the Black Box Theater, scheduled for completion later this year.
The bigger and better performing arts venue is being constructed in the sunken parking lot of the CCP Complex along Magdalena Jalandoni Street. But this is just part of the two structures that CCP is planning to put up: the Performing Arts Theater and the CCP Artists’ Center. They’re both designed by Leandro V. Locsin Partners, making this project an homage that comes full-circle.
The architectural firm won the bid to design the new buildings after proposing a sustainable and environment-friendly blueprint that reflects local culture. The Performing Arts Theater will use solar panels to conserve electricity and a glass curtain wall to allow natural sunlight to come in. It is also inspired by the traditional banca, complementing Locsin's bahay kubo. These are set to open in 2019, in time for the temporary closure of CCP’s Main Building for its long overdue refurbishment. Cultural Center of the Philippines, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay; 832.1125; culturalcenter.gov.ph; locsinarchitecture.com. CHRISTA I. DE LA CRUZ
OPENING SOON Architectural renderings of the Cultural Center of the Philippines Black Box Theater.