Ciudad de Victoria UPDATES - Philippine Arena

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Korea-based engineering and construction firm Hanwha Engineering & Construction (E&C) has competed the construction of the Philippine Arena in Manila May 30.

Claimed to be the world's largest domed performance hall, the indoor arena was built on total area of 74,000 square meters with 51,000 seats and a roof area of 35,000 square meters.

Located at Bulacan, around 27km north of Manila, the arena is around three times bigger than South Korea's Olympic Gymnastics Hall, claims the company.

Over the 30 months, two shifts a day working from 7am to midnight, have kept the construction site buzzing with activity. A constant flow of concrete mixers, trucks with reinforcement steel, semi-trailers with huge pre welded steel components shipped from Korea, and many other trucks with materials and products from around the world have been pushing along a narrow dirt road full of pot holes that provides site access until the proper free-way ramps are completed.

The scale of the project has become the talk of the town. In recent months installation of the roof cladding has commenced and the true scale of the 65m tall 220x170m wide building has become evident.

The $175-million (P7.65-billion) indoor arena is one of the projects of Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ) in the Ciudad de Victoria (City of Victory) in Bulacan.





The landscape design for phase one includes: The Philippine Arena, the Stadium Gardens, and the Water Gardens. The Philippine Arena landscape design is defined by a curvilinear system of formal trees and covered walkways that echo the elliptical form of the Arena connecting two arrival areas, two plazas and a grand stair that leads to the arena. The Stadium Gardens are defined by vertical layers of palm trees, drifts of informal flowering gardens, and dense hedges that expose two clearings for accommodating large casual gatherings or organized events.

A series of outdoor plazas, gardens and performance venues form the setting for the development including: The North and South Arrival Plazas, The Promontory Plaza, The Great Stairs, and Ciudad de Victoria Plaza that are all related to each other with two cross axes (N-S and E-W) that intersect at the Promontory Plaza. These spaces are woven together both by a spine of formal trees and covered walkways that echo the elliptical form of the Arena.

Visitors arrive to the Arena by bus or by car at the vehicular drop-offs that lead to one of two Arrival Plazas. Covered walks lead to the Promontory Plaza that greets visitors with colorful flowering trees, stepped circular planters, planter walls, and garden displays. The space is intended for meeting, socializing, resting, and moving through to other destinations in the complex. From here, visitors have easy access to the Arena, Great Stairs, or Ciudad De Victoria Plaza through arced stairs, which also create a natural amphitheater for smaller events.

The Great Stairs will provide a graceful transition to the main entrance of the Philippine Arena, as well as casual seating for cooler days and evenings. Bougainvillea cascades down the steps providing a sculptural element to the experience.
The Covered Walkways provide a necessary relief and protection from incliment weather and intense sun and heat during the remainder of the year. The sweeping curves of the Covered Walks mirror the Arena geometry and serve to unify the landscape. 

Informal plantings of brilliant flowering trees and display gardens will create festive gradient of color that intensifies toward the Arena: Gold and white upon arrival, brilliant fuchsia at Promontory, and sweeping, vibrant reds at the Arena slopes and main entrance.

The Stadium Gardens are conceived as a vertical layered landscape of formal and informal planting that provide visitors with a variety of experiences when viewed from inside or afar. When approaching the gardens by vehicle, a grid of Palms is perceived as a singular canopy above the informal flowering gardens below. On the ground plane, a regular system of east-west cobble stone paths, planting beds, and lawn openings define pedestrian circulation and spatial organization. Two large clearings allow for gatherings during celebrations and sporting events. A dense hedgerow creates the backdrop to the gardens and pedestrian promenade.

More  information about Philippine Arena HERE.

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