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Ateneo de Cebu’s chapel is made of bamboo, concrete, and steel, the abstract heart-shaped structures surround an inner garden that is full of symbolism and poetry. Credits to Kenneth Cobonpue.

World-renowned designer Kenneth Cobonpue is again making a mark on the global stage with his design for Ateneo de Cebu’s chapel on the shortlist of the World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards in Amsterdam.

Kenneth Cobonpue’s design for Ateneo de Cebu’s Cor Jesu Oratory with Buck Richnold Sia, Zubu Design Associates as lead architect, is competing against 5 other nominees from UAE, Singapore, Thailand, and Spain also shortlisted in the Completed Buildings – Religion category of the WAF.

WAF released on July 4 the shortlist for the awards to be given during the world’s largest festival dedicated to celebrating and sharing architectural excellence slated for December 4-6, 2019.

Cobonpue went on social media to announce the inclusion of the Ateneo de Cebu chapel which he revealed having designed for his alma mater. The celebrated Filipino designer who had also designed the first resort airport terminal in Cebu described the chapel as “Made of bamboo, concrete, and steel, the abstract heart-shaped structures surround an inner garden that is full of symbolism and poetry.”

Kenneth Cobonpue and Ateneo de Cebu’s chapel will be among the 534 shortlisted projects from 70 countries presenting live at the WAF in December.

CATCH the live presentation of Kenneth Cobonpue at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards in Amsterdam! SEND your congratulations in the comments below for our Filipino design champion!

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