The University of De La Salle asked CAZA to design their new campus in Canlubang. They hope to attract the next-generation of students who don’t see a difference between a laboratory, a classroom and an art studio. An ethos of hands-on experimentation coupled by openness to collaborative work defines their faculty. What kind of environment will they need?
Our ambition for the New De La Salle University in Canlubang is to design a campus that values heterogeneity over singularity. The philosophy is that open zones of interaction need to allow for passage and stasis. There must be room for the emergence and the demise of organisms in all successful ecologies of innovation.
Our solution to the conundrum of innovation is to cultivate architectural diversity. We have designed a campus that connects buildings without insisting on unity. Multiple types of uses are accommodated such as a church, a museum, a hotel and a convention center through the use of a geometrical language that gathers strength from its ability to adapt and change.
We have fostered circulation links expediently across adjacent programs and created multiple spaces for a variety of outdoor activities while designing an open and continuous edge. Our campus design works through differences that are sensed rather than imposed.
Architectural cues set in motion by scale, slope, texture, and the density of vegetation cultivate the possibility of collective work by multiple parties. We have made a campus for De La Salle University that is open to the multiplicity of what is yet to happen. Source by CAZA.
- Location: Binan City, Laguna, Philippines
- Architect: CAZA
- Architect of Record: NSI Architecture Planner Consultancy
- Project Team: Carlos Arnaiz, Laura del Pino, Tzu-Yin Wang, Alex Tseng
- Client: De La Salle University – Science & Technology Complex
- Consultants: Meliton A. Nague, atm Electrical Engineering Consultant, Jose Marius R. Tuazon, Sean Bryner S. Rey
- Status: Under Construction
- Images: Courtesy of CAZA
Article by Marco Rinaldi