Freedom Museum

INNOVATION THROUGH JUXTAPOSITION OF RETROSPECTION AND PIONEERING DESIGN SOLUTIONS FOR THE FREEDOM MEMORIAL MUSEUM

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SITE LOCATION

The site is located at UP Diliman campus in Manila, Philippines. Also, the site has a total of 1.4 hecatares in area with relatively flat terrain. 

UP DILIMAN
THE SITE
SITE DEVELOPMENT PLAN
SPACE LEGEND
1   LOADING/UNLOADING BAY
OPEN SPACE/PARK
GRAND STAIRS
4  REFLECTING POOL
5  MEMORIAL WALL
6  MUSEUM LOBBY 
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CONCESSION
MUSEUM SERVICE CORE
PARKING AREA
ANNEX PARKING
ADDITIONAL PARKING
EVOLUTION OF FORMS

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Definition of setbacks and creating a central courtyard

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Maximization of Total Gross Floor Area and providing access to the court

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Optimization of Total Gross Floor Area and simulation of vehicular access

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Refining of the form and creation of main pedestrian access

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ROOF GARDEN
COMMERCIAL STRIP
COURTYARD
MEMORIAL WALL
GRAND LOBBY
REFLECTING POND
HIGHLIGHTS

The grand lobby is located at the right-upward-facing structure (right-wing) which serves as the starting point of the tour through the museum. The architectural intent of the space allocated for the lobby is to be seen through different vantage points around the area to recognize the edifice as the main entrance point of the building. The lobby, which is cladded in architectural space frames and glass, is intended to be transparent and to be visible.  

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Freedom Museum Marker
Freedom Museum Marker

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Roof Garden
Roof Garden

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The museum galleries are located at the connecting wing which connotes bridging the connection between oppression (left-wing) and justice (right-wing).  The concept also defines a roofed garden which connects through the different floors and terminates the whole tour through the galleries into a common collaborative social space.  This design intent forces social interaction and reflection which the whole process of the museum intends to convey its visitors, a retrospection of the different realities that happened during the martial law.

 

The left-wing, downward-facing structure, defines more visual weight although has a diagrid roof which is lifted up and symbolizes upliftment from oppression. This area creates a balance in the overall structure by imposing an asymmetrical balance in the main facade. This wing houses the roofed park terrace above which is a main collaborative area after the museum tour. Souvenir shops, and Restaurants are located at its ground floor and has beautiful views of the structure.  
 

GROUND FLOOR

The space program of the building is broken down into two wings. Mainly, the right wing is allocated for the main museum entrance, the left wing allocated for the cafe and restaurants that is also the culmination of the whole tour of the museum, auditorium, and souvenir shops.

MEZZANINE FLOOR

Located at the mezzanine are the admin offices, security department, and its rooms that manages the whole building. This area is not connected directly to any museum space but has vantage point of all common areas of the ground floor.

SECOND FLOOR

The second floor is where the main galleries are located. This is where the general public are first introduced to in which the area accounts for majority of the foot traffic and terminates to the common roof park terrace in the left wing.

THIRD FLOOR

The third floor consists mainly of museum galleries and connects directly from the second floor through the roofed terrace.

FOURTH FLOOR

The fourth floor has the main galleries that house the remnants and evidences of the aftermath during the martial law. The gallery also terminated to the roof park terrace that connects the different museum galleries into a common gathering area.

FIFTH FLOOR

The fifth floors consists the library, offices and general archives section. Connected to the fifth floor is the main roof terrace located at the left wing of the building that connects the different floors into a collaborative roof park.

ROOF DECK

The total area of the roof deck is allocated for solar panels and other overhead service equipment that is necessary to run the building.

SPACE ALLOCATION
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