La Salle Academic Complex

How do we design for the future of education?

Binan City, Laguna, Philippines
Competition Finalist

Our design for the New Academic Complex for De La Salle University’s Biñan campus acts as a figural interpretation of the curriculum of the future. 

The future of education will blend together structured knowledge with the supple agility of nature. Similarly, our highly tactile building combines a grid with soft, natural curves that form the edges of the facade.

This building is a hub for data computation and logistics, as well as a learning environment for students. A modular floor plate empowers teachers and administrators to plan for the growing needs of the student body. 

A simple and efficient 9-square structural grid supported by an organic-shaped building deck allows for an infinite number of classroom configurations with room for gardens, balconies, and breakout spaces. Three classroom clusters share the same 9-square grid, making it easy to share resources, distribute utilities, and interchange layouts. To reduce travel distances and ensure ease of movement, two circulation cores are located in the middle of the classroom clusters.

Communal facilities are located on the ground floor, classrooms in the middle, and administration at the top with access to a garden-filled roof terrace. The ground floor is lifted on  8 meter high pilotis and placed on a curvilinear plinth that extends outwards, creating smooth transitions between the surrounding landscape and the building. Spacious, monumental entries in the cafeteria, library, and auditorium enhance the student experience by providing expansive views of the campus.

PROJECT TEAM: Carlos Arnaiz, Laura del Pino, Ignacio Revenga, Canqi Mu