GF & Partners Architects’ (GFP) entry to the International Conceptual Design Competition for the New Supreme Court Complex of the Philippines landed second place in the final top three winners, out of more than 100 entries and an initial top 10 selection.
The first placer is not automatically granted the contract for the project, as the Philippine Procurement Act mandates a bidding process for all government projects. Instead, the architects or firms selected as the top three winners are invited to bid for the Detailed Architecture & Engineering Design (DAED), which will contain the winning design as part of the Terms of Reference (TOR).
The new Supreme Court Complex will rise on a prime 2.1-hectare property in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, with the Department of Budget and Management allotting P3.28 billion to fund its design and construction over the course of four years.
According to the competition guidelines, “the Supreme Court envisions its new home to be a culturally iconic building and a legacy for generations to come. It aims to build a green and resilient building for the efficient and effective dispensation of justice.”
The following objectives were also laid out:
- Design a nationalistic and iconic Supreme Court Complex using the lowest possible carbon footprint;
- Incorporate ecologically sustainable and resilient design features;
- Maximize the use of alternative sources of energy in the complex design (e.g. wind, solar, biomass, etc.);
- Provide an economically feasible design;
- Create a positive place branding for the Supreme Court Complex; and
- Gather international best practices and design.