The New Clark City Athletic Stadium earned another World Architecture Festival (WAF) nomination, proving once again that Filipino architects and engineers are capable of constructing buildings that can stand out on the world stage.
The internationally accredited New Clark City sports stadium is in the running for the engineering award at the prestigious festival which will take place at the FIL exhibition center in Lisbon, Portugal from December 1-3.
WAF already included the stadium located in Capas, Tarlac, in the shortlist of Sport Completed Buildings last July. Over 270 entries were nominated in all subcategories of buildings completed by WAF, the world’s largest international architectural event.
BCDA President and CEO Vince Dizon congratulated MTD Philippines, BCDA’s development partner in New Clark City, and architectural consultant Budji + Royal Architecture + Design for providing world-class sports facilities.
“We are delighted to add another feather to our cap with the World Architecture Festival Engineering Award nomination in addition to the list of finalists for sports buildings,” said Dizon. “That the New Clark City Athletic Stadium is recognized at such a high standard not only for its architectural brilliance but also for its structural quality is a nod to the thousands of engineers, designers and workers who completed this installation in a short period of time. time.”
MTD President Isaac David also welcomed the recognition of the awarding body.
“We were truly delighted to hear that the athletic stadium that we have built at the National Government Administrative Center (NGAC) in New Clark City has been included in the nominations for the WAF Engineering Award,” said David.
“We are truly grateful for the opportunity and privileged to have partnered with BCDA for the development of NGAC, including sports and non-sports facilities,” he said. “We are also delighted to have chosen Budji + Royal Architecture + Design as our design consultants.
New Clark City Track and Field is the first major sports center built by the government since the completion of the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in 1934.
With a capacity of 20,000, a nine-lane 400-meter athletics track and another four-lane warm-up track, the stadium served as the venue for the 30th Southeast Asian Games in 2019.
It has already been nominated as one of the top 10 stadiums in the world at the annual Stadium of the Year Awards.
Its design celebrates Filipino resilience, taking inspiration from the “caldera” or crater of Mount Pinatubo and the contours of the Sierra Madre ranges, and the festive details of Pampanga’s parols (Christmas lanterns).
David said MTD Philippines focused on executing the architectural concept of the stadium, in accordance with international design codes and standards within 18 months.
The facility has passed the scrutiny of World Athletics.
Royal Pineda, principal architect and CEO of Budji + Royal, described the athletics stadium as a product of modernity bayanihan and expressed pride in sharing this honor with fellow Filipino architects, as well as Filipino engineers.
“We are currently working with MTD to prepare for the presentation as I need to get their stories on how the vision challenged them all,” said Pineda. “That’s the great thing about having a common vision: we are committed to working together to overcome any challenges just to make it happen. Remembering the trip is both inspiring and rewarding.