MANILA – Kenneth Cobonpue announced on Friday that a chapel he co-designed made it to the shortlist of this year’s World Architecture Festival (WAF).
On Instagram, he showed photos of Cor Jesu Oratory, which he designed with Buck Sia for their alma mater, Ateneo de Cebu.
“Made of bamboo, concrete and steel, the abstract heart-shaped structures surround an inner garden that is full of symbolism and poetry,” Cobonpue said of the structure.
Cor Jesu was included in the shortlist under the Completed Buildings – Religion category of the WAF, which Cobonpue described as “the world’s largest global architectural awards.”
Other projects from the Philippines that are part of the shortlist are the Baliwag Community Center in Bulacan by Alero Design Studio (Future Projects – Civic category), Sagip-Kanlungan: A Compact Hospital Model for Disaster-prone Rural Philippines in Pangasinan by Ryan Santos of John Ryan Santos and Partners (Future Projects – Health category), and Infinity House in Makati City by Carlo Calma Consultancy (Future Projects – House category).
A total of 534 projects from 70 countries were shortlisted by the WAF, with the event scheduled from December 4 to 6 in Amsterdam.