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View Poll Results: Rate the DLS-CSB SDA Building
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9.5 5 4.95%
9 13 12.87%
8.5 11 10.89%
8 13 12.87%
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7 4 3.96%
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6 2 1.98%
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Old April 25th, 2007, 04:17 PM   #1
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MANILA | DLS-CSB School of Design and Arts Building | 14F | ?m


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General Information:
Name: School of Design and Arts
Owner: De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde
Floors: 14
Architect: Lor Calma Design Associates Inc.
Project Contractor:
SKI Construction Inc. (Building construction)
D.M Consunji, Inc. (Theater works)
Construction duration: 2004-2007
U/C Thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=401556

The De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) School of Design and Arts Building (SDA Building) was envisioned as a home for a new generation of Filipino artists and designers who are equipped with technical expertise and global competencies. It is, by far, one of the most ambitious projects of De La Salle Philippines.

The SDA Building is located on 950 Pablo Ocampo Street in Malate, Manila—just 500 meters away from DLS-CSB's Taft Campus. It is a 14-storey academic complex designed by Lor Calma Design and Associates, with Eduardo Calma as the Design Principal. It is the largest and most advanced DLS-CSB campus and will house the fast-growing School of Design and Arts.

The vision of crafting a structure that would inspire students resulted in an architectural design that has never been used before. The SDA Building establishes visual interest with a sophisticated facade done in aluminum cladding, a full glass curtain wall and intricate multifaceted details. The SDA Building is poised to become one of the most dazzling landmarks in Manila's cityscape.

The building will have four floors of above-ground level parking space and ten floors of usable workspace served by two service elevators, five passenger elevators, and five sets of stairs. Among the facilities include the SDA Theater, which is a three-floor 558-seater theater that is cantilevered four storeys above the ground. On the ground floor is the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (mcad), conceptualized to be the first of its kind in the Philippines. The building will also have a cafeteria with a sweeping view of Metro Manila and a chapel that is a modern interpretation of the early day catacombs.

The SDA Building also boasts of wide irregularly-shaped folded lecture, computer and seminar rooms—cutting edge settings that would encourage students to literally think out of the box. Aside from a textile lab, a two-floor library and a 105-seater cinema, the building also has several video, animation, and sound production laboratories, as well as a photography studio and a Greenscreen TV and film production studio with motion capture equipment. The walls of each room at the SDA Building are angled to have better response to sound and its open-air corridors are built wide enough to double as exhibition spaces.

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• Total floor area: 55,121.95 square meters
• Four floors of above-ground level parking space, 10 floors of usable workspace
• 558-seat theater, cantilevered about four storeys above the ground
• Fully-equipped, air-conditioned classrooms with folded walls
• Spacious, open-air corridors that double as exhibition spaces
• Houses the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design or mcad
• Wi-Fi enabled
• First Philippine building using 10-G technology
• Has its own sewage treatment plant
• 105-seater cinema
• Has a Building Management System with intelligent controls for air conditioning; smoke detection and fire alarm; and CCTV surveillance security systems

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Old April 25th, 2007, 05:48 PM   #3
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Old April 25th, 2007, 07:23 PM   #5
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lovely interiors. thanks for sharing.
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Old April 26th, 2007, 03:35 PM   #6
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Old April 26th, 2007, 04:15 PM   #7
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wow! if that new bldg. functions like it should, then surely it will set the benchmark for future school/college/university design. i think that alone opens up the way to a higher level of design for our (ailing?) contemporary pinoy architecture. thumbs up there! now if only we could see more of those being built all over the country and perhaps some with more pinoy character.

i wonder how they're gonna address the issue of vandalism in its case... maybe not now, but in the future. three words - universal white board... it's gonna be rather tempting. minsan hindi rin kasi maiwasan yung mga maloloko jan. hope they won't be calling the "MMDA artist" any time soon!
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^Impressive. The classrooms and corridors are light and airy, very conducive for learning and the development of new ideas

Got any photo showing the building in its entirety?
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thing is though, the location of the building could not be any worse
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wow! if that new bldg. functions like it should, then surely it will set the benchmark for future school/college/university design. i think that alone opens up the way to a higher level of design for our (ailing?) contemporary pinoy architecture. thumbs up there! now if only we could see more of those being built all over the country and perhaps some with more pinoy character.

i wonder how they're gonna address the issue of vandalism in its case... maybe not now, but in the future. three words - universal white board... it's gonna be rather tempting. minsan hindi rin kasi maiwasan yung mga maloloko jan. hope they won't be calling the "MMDA artist" any time soon!
I don't think they'll be needing the MMDA artist if that happens, after all, the walls are just painted white.


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^Impressive. The classrooms and corridors are light and airy, very conducive for learning and the development of new ideas

Got any photo showing the building in its entirety?
There is, but it is not updated yet.

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thing is though, the location of the building could not be any worse
Thing is though, if it weren't for that location, we won't be seeing this uniquely designed building. The "location is bad" talk has been done over on the u/c thread many times. It's about time we talk about something else, now that this building is finally finished.
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Old April 28th, 2007, 01:41 AM   #11
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My Goodness thnx Mithril for the updates...
i'm actually saddened by the fact that the corridors are still open air..
ehhe i'm actually expecting a fully air-conditioned space, also thinking about the building it self has a lot of light coming in from the outside...
-i have no problems in this kasi next term panay laboratories ako and no classrooms... BHWAhahahah... pero a sad fact is baka later pa daw ang delivery ng new computers.. so they will be recycling pc's form the main..
wehhhh....

and with views like that naku sana pla ehh hindi ko pa kinuha yung photography class ko.. ehhe kasi yung subjects parate ko is yung mga bagay sa plaza v.

well for some good reasons like conserving energy.. blah blah.. pero common
buti sana kung FRESH air ehh.. like where placed in the mETRO... i'm thinking the corridors would be black in no time because of the sooth. lolzz yung isang side ng classrom is glass WOAH about that!!!
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Well, we can't do anything about the city air, but at least, on higher ground, it's not as bad as the air on street level, I think. But rest assured, on windy days, open-air's far better that air-conditioning, especially on the cold season. Also, no worries on the soot for the monotony of white will soon be broken by artwork displays anyway since each corridor can double as exhibition spaces.

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SDA Building video



This video produced by Cecil Ravelas and created by Our Own Little Team La Salle was shown at the inauguration of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts building, Friday, April 27, 2007. The video features Br Dodo Fernandez FSC, Chairman of the Board, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. The soundtrack was composed by Pepe Manikan
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Old April 30th, 2007, 06:12 PM   #15
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Got any photo showing the building in its entirety?

SDA Building Front View
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wow. the green campus and the neat buildings of st scholastica make a really nice background.
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Some interior shots


14th floor corridor


14th floor architectural details


Elevator lobby balconies as seen from the ground floor


12th floor Food court


Food court with the furniture
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Old May 25th, 2007, 08:09 AM   #18
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pwede ba kaming pumasok dito? kahit frosh palang kame? wala lang, gusto ko lang makita, kala namin talaga dito na kame next year pa pala CAN'T WAIT!!!! excited na tuloy ako!!! hahaha Ang ganda talaga eh! Super ganda daw sabi nung mga nagorient samin na higher batch, nakapasok daw sila
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Talking Go La Salle!

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This video produced by Cecil Ravelas and created by Our Own Little Team La Salle was shown at the inauguration of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts building, Friday, April 27, 2007. The video features Br Dodo Fernandez FSC, Chairman of the Board, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. The soundtrack was composed by Pepe Manikan

Lupit talaga ng La Salle!
Awesome Building...
Animo La Salle!


(Let's pretend na lang na maganda rin youn area around the building)
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Very often we are misled by aesthetic, having such open space and too much glass will only add power consumption.With the spiralling cost of electricity bill students will be charge for this and the parents like me will have to carry this burden. It is much better to provide at least open courtyard with greening accent that will help somehow in cooling process, while this will also create better interior effect.

The designer is brave enough to venture with designs similar to I.M. Pei brand of space wastage which will be again caculated the same as the usable space. Even in hotels or any similar function the clients are being charge for those common spaces not knowingly.

Whitewash building in the latter study of users bahavior is not the best thats why you will see now most hospital being more of colorfull interior similarly in learning spaces.

Simple case is the Gawad Kalinga where houses are painted with lively colors which are proven lifting the mind and moral being of those occupants.

Very often that we are used to this colonial mentality like those design being copied like a combination of Mier's mixed with Gehry's and so fort.

We have a very rich culture that can be tha basis of our designs. Our designers must explore more.
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