We envision a social and environmental renaissance through our innovative, sustainable, and exemplary practice of architecture, planning, engineering and design.
To plan a sustainable future for all and create value in every place, building and community that we design
Palafox Associates was born in a period of change. Founded on the same year as the Web, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the fall of Communism in Western Europe and coup attempts in the Philippines, the firm had to be versatile to evolve through global changes. Since the company’s entry into the Philippine architectural, planning, design, and engineering scene was not exactly fortuitous, the firm saw an opportunity in the global market.
Through the years, Palafox Associates has been setting the benchmark in the Philippine planning, architecture and design scene. In less than 10 years, it has emerged as a top Filipino architectural firm recognized by the London-based World Architecture magazine. Before its 15th year, it has metamorphosed into a top Southeast Asian architecture, planning, engineering, environmental design and interior design firm backed by ISO certifications 9001 and 14001 of TUV of Germany.
Today, Palafox Associates envisions to influence the rest of the world with its site-respective stylistic reference approach to design, as it continuously comes up with visionary projects for the betterment of mankind.
These practices, put together, are the keys in addressing climate change through architecture, planning, and engineering. Palafox Associates designed the Paseo del Rio in Cagayan de Oro having all these principles in mind.
Green Sustainable Development ensures that a building should perform without exploiting resources in a drastic level. The Triple Bottom Line approach on People first, then the Planet Earth or the environment, and The Economy or Pro it should strike a good balance, otherwise a project cannot be sustainable.
The private sector has an effective initiative in urban development than the government sector. Hence, private sector-led developments, such as, the Paseo del Rio in Cagayan de Oro can be set as benchmarks in the development of public infrastructure and buildings. The principle of cross-subsidy is also seen in this context.
Palafox Associates’ Principal, Architect Felino Palafox Jr., is an international associate of the American Institute of Architects ,which is a signatory in the Architecture 2030 and Edward Mazria’s 2030 Challenge. The pledge calls for all new and renovated buildings to be carbon neutral by 2030.
Palafox Associates – architects and masterplanners; Zealep Group, Inc. – owner and developer; ESCA Inc. - engineers; Quantity Solutions, Inc. – project management; Dakay Construction Inc. – contractor
Design the center that will not be susceptible to flooding as the site has been recorded to have had flooding history, and provide a center that will serve as interaction and business center for the public, contributing to the promotion and tourism capability of Cagayan de Oro.
Orienting the center towards the water-front pioneers a front-of-the-house treatment for the river. This strategy heightens the importance of the river as it encourages the surrounding neighborhood to respect, maintain, and enhance this vital organ of the environment. Fewer emissions on transport of materials, or simply, the prescribed modes of transport in moving about the center have lower carbon footprint. The use of natural ventilation and light, where the mechanical means are the only options, means less reliance on energy.
Funding of a 12-hectare multi-use development and two buildings. Amount not available.
Sustainability begins with the design, and a well-established relationship among the client, the architect, and the stakeholders of the project. By following the best practices to address climate change, it is hoped that the people around this project shall be educated through the design, construction, and operations of the project.
It is always practical and thoughtful for a designer to look at a project in an urban scale, not just the immediate surroundings. The beneficiaries, the environment, and the economy cannot be satisfied without balance, and if one is missed-out. Since the river is one of the most essential elements considered, the development will surely influence the ones next to it.
Palafox Associates gears up for the Smart City: The Next Generation in Berlin, Germany to be held from May to July 2013. The San J ...
Architecture, Urban Planning, and Engineering to address hazards before they become disasters By Architect Felino Palafox, Jr. ...