INNOVATION THROUGH JUXTAPOSITION OF RETROSPECTION AND PIONEERING DESIGN SOLUTIONS FOR THE FREEDOM MEMORIAL MUSEUM
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.
SITE DEVELOPMENT PLAN
1 LOADING/UNLOADING BAY
2 OPEN SPACE/PARK
3 GRAND STAIRS
4 REFLECTING POOL
5 MEMORIAL WALL
6 MUSEUM LOBBY
MUSEUM SERVICE CORE
EVOLUTION OF FORMS
Definition of setbacks and creating a central courtyard
Maximization of Total Gross Floor Area and providing access to the court
Optimization of Total Gross Floor Area and simulation of vehicular access
Refining of the form and creation of main pedestrian access
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The third floor consists mainly of museum galleries and connects directly from the second floor through the roofed terrace.
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.
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.
The total area of the roof deck is allocated for solar panels and other overhead service equipment that is necessary to run the building.