The New Clark City Track and Field Stadium in Tarlac, a central facility for the 30th Southeast Asian Games in 2019, was shortlisted by the World Architecture Festival as one of the world’s best completed buildings.
The installation has been nominated in the Sports Buildings category of the prestigious festival, which will take place at the FIL exhibition center in Lisbon, Portugal from December 1-3.
Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) President and CEO Vince Dizon welcomed the recognition and congratulated Budji + Royal Architecture + Design, the stadium’s architectural partner, as well as the thousands of workers that made the athletics stadium a reality.
“We thank the World Architecture Festival for welcoming the New Clark City Athletics Stadium. This is another testament to the ingenuity of the stadium’s design and structure. Indeed, this is further proof that Filipinos can also be champions in producing exceptional facilities comparable to other architectural masterpieces in the world, ”said Dizon.
“This would not have been possible without the hard work of all the workers who completed this installation in a short period of 18 months. To our partners at Budji + Royal Architecture + Design, thank you for designing a structure that best presents the beauty of the Filipino spirit to the rest of the world, ”he added.
Royal Pineda, Principal Architect and CEO of Budji + Royal, said: “To have this opportunity to share the authentic nature and identity of the New Clark City Athletics Stadium with our colleagues and an international audience makes me very, very happy and proud. That was the goal anyway: to showcase our variety as modern Filipinos through architecture and design.
The architect also expressed his appreciation for the good collaboration with BCDA on the project, given the two organizations’ shared vision of a modern Philippines.
“We were on the same creative wavelength. Given the critical deadlines, BCDA’s leadership has been a key element. This allowed things to move with precision, which ensured fast and quality turnover, setting new government standards, ”he said.
The design of the facility was expertly executed by MTD Philippines Inc., BCDA’s development partner in New Clark City.
The new Clark City Track and Field Stadium is the first major sports center built by the government since the completion of the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in 1934.
It is also the very first facility in the country to receive Class 1 certification from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
With a capacity of 20,000, a nine-lane 400-meter athletic track and another four-lane warm-up track, the stadium served as the venue for the 30th Southeast Asian Games in 2019. It was previously named as one of the Top 10 Stadiums in the World at the annual Stadium of the Year Awards.
“The design of the athletics stadium was inspired by his genius loci [or the pervading spirit of a place]. It celebrates Mount Pinatubo and Philippine resilience. The location is surrounded by beautiful mountains and an unlimited horizon, which allowed the architecture to stand out and frame the natural views, ”said Pineda.
Now in its thirteenth year, the World Architecture Festival is one of the world’s premier architectural events, highlighted by its awards competition dedicated to celebrating and sharing international excellence in architecture. Its sister festival, the Inside World Festival of Interiors, will also take place in Lisbon on the same dates.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the two events did not take place in 2020. The next competition therefore covers registrations made in 2020 and 2021.
The shortlist of candidates was announced last July. Those on the shortlist will compete in Lisbon in December.
All finalists will present themselves to a panel for their respective categories. The winners in each category will come forward again to compete for the top prizes – World Building of the Year, Future Project of the Year, Interior of the Year and Landscape of the Year.
Pineda said Budji + Royal is making all the necessary preparations for the panel during the live event.
“How to best express the story behind the athletics stadium is essential. I would like to be able to make the jury and the public discover and understand the status of our nation, our memories and our aspirations, ”he declared.
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