Delgado Mausoleum

How might we design for remembrance and reflection?

Manila, Philippines
Expected Completion 2022

Currently under construction, this mausoleum offers a place of refuge and contemplation that takes the form of two self-supporting brick parabolic cones. The cones are titled at different angles, creating a ring-shaped passage that loops around the main space. The passageway culminates in a double-arched entryway that opens onto a sanctuary overlooking the crypt.


The passageway invites mourners to circumambulate the crypt, offering a powerful ritual journey defined by the shifting spatial experience created by the tilted cones. A pair of elliptical skylights top the cones, offering views of passing clouds through a weightless pair of curving brick planes.

  • SIZE: 723 SQF
  • PROJECT TEAM: Carlos Arnaiz, Laura Del Pino, Ignacio Revenga, Meng Huang, Yifeng Wang, Jin Yuan