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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.

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