Nazareno + Guerrero wins Aquino Museum Redesign Competition

Nazareno+Guerrero Design Consultancy, led by Architects Antonio Nazareno and Christian Guerrero, has been named as the winner of the Aquino Museum Redesign Competition. Organized by Lafarge Cement Services (Philippines), Inc. for the benefit of the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF), the AMRC was established to find the best design solution for the Aquino Museum that will capture the full impact of Ninoy and Cory on Philippine history.

The other two finalists were MANA Architecture + Interior Design, helmed by Architect Jose Carlo S. Mateo and Palafox Associates, guided by Architect Felino Palafox, Jr.

The project is part of the continuing partnership between Lafarge and the NCAF that started way back in 2008. “Lafarge is proud to support landmarks of Filipino identity such as the Aquino Museum,” remarked Don Lee, president of Lafarge Cement Services (Philippines), Inc. “We are also pleased to find and nourish, through the AMRC, local talents to help preserve the memory of two Filipino icons of democracy.”

The three finalists were chosen from a long list of 15 other entries to go through the second phase of the competition. From the brief narratives and preliminary sketches of proposed designs they initially submitted, the finalists went on to develop full schematic proposals which they presented to the AMRC’s panel of judges.

The winning entry was chosen based on its adherence to the competition’s judging criteria, which includes creativity of solution, content and the ability to meet the objectives of the NCAF. Cost-efficiency, in terms of both design implementation and long-term operations, was also taken into account – as were thematic fidelity and relevance, effectiveness and clarity of message delivery in the design execution. In addition, the judges assessed the entries in terms of environmental sustainability, technical design and their manner of incorporating sponsors’ products in the design solution.

“It was extremely difficult to choose among the finalists as each displayed immense creativity in their designs,” shared Architect Dan Lichauco, chairperson of the AMRC panel of jurors.  “However, the judges agree that Nazareno + Guerrero provided a unique and incisive approach that best captured the legacy of Ninoy and Cory.”

The other members of the board of judges were: Maria Elena (“Ballsy”) Aquino-Cruz, Marilou Diaz-Abaya, Emily Abrera, Kenneth Esguerra, Guillermo Luz, Ino Manalo, Manolo Quezon, and Renato Sunico.

With its involvement in the competition, Lafarge affirms its support for icons of Filipino identity – those historical monuments that celebrate the country’s destiny – such as the Aquino Museum. With the museum redesign, Lafarge, along with the NCAF, hopes to provide a more comprehensive coverage of the life and legacy of the late President Corazon C. Aquino that will complement the institution’s extensive permanent exhibit on Senator Benigno Aquino Jr.

The project also intends to repackage the museum to appeal to local and foreign visitors – both young and old – with an interest in contemporary Philippine history.

 About Lafarge: Lafarge Cement Services (Philippines), Inc. is a member of the Lafarge Group. Lafarge is the world leader in building materials, with top-ranking positions in all of its businesses: Cement, Aggregates & Concrete and Gypsum. With a diversified and balanced geographic portfolio, revenues of 16.2 billion Euros and 76,000 employees in 78 countries, Lafarge is at the heart of global growth supporting developing economies and responding to the tremendous need for housing and infrastructure in emerging countries. Having the world’s leading building materials research facility at its disposal, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities, working for sustainable construction and architectural creativity. Building upon the heritage of the brands Republic, Fortune and Mindanao Cement, Lafarge Cement Services (Philippines), Inc ushers in progress through innovative products and responsible business practices in partnership with the Republic Cement Group.

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