Event Tent by the Bay

How can design activate an urban waterfront?

Manila, Philippines
Schematic Design

The Event Tent by the Bay reconnects Manila’s residents with its riverfront.

The structure rises on the horizon with a series of upturned half pyramids resembling a regatta of paraws, traditional Philippine sailboats. We designed a hexagonal roof unit out of folded steel plates, with one asymmetrical column that can be arranged into a necklace with many centers of activity. The structure works with tessellated triangular forms, making both a field and an enclosure.

Our design attempts to redress the absence of an active and accessible urban waterfront in this coastal metropolis.

  • PROJECT TEAM: Carlos Arnaiz, Laura del Pino, Libo Li, Jun Deng