Henning Larsen Architects, in collaboration with landscape architects SLA and BuroHappold Engineering, has been selected as the winners of an international design competition to design a new iconic skyscraper for the city of Manila, Philippines. Located within the Bonifacio Global City business district 'ICONE tower' rises from a large public plaza as a dramatic spire, piercing the sky and becoming a new icon for the Manila Skyline.
The 'ICONE Tower' (308 m tall) is a proposed skyscraper at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines.
Skyscraper is envisioned in the tradition of iconic buildings from around the world, but pays special attention not to neglect the user experience and impact on the public realm. From the large vegetated plaza outside, to the state of the arts workspaces, restaurants, exhibition spaces and public observatory within, the building ensures a memorable experience inside and out.
“The tower is designed to set an example for how tall buildings should give back to cities and its people and how to revitalize an entire area,” state the architects.
Greenery has been integrated into all areas of the complex, including the dense canopy of tall trees in the plaza to provide shade for outdoor events and green terraces and atriums all the way up the tower. These design decisions help to reinforce the building’s evolution from traditional Filipino architecture.
The Icone Tower has a elliptical cone shape reducing the cost to make the building resistant to earthquakes and typhoons. Its "almost Gothic" facade or exoskeleton is supported by arches. Its office space is meant to be illuminated by natural light. It will also host social spaces, terraces, and atriums.
The building was originally proposed to stand 308 meters (1,010 ft) tall but its height was later revised to 275 meters (902 ft). The tower will have 36 floors.