To compete regionally, the Philippines is undergoing a transformation of its economy and its physical environment. This investment in the nation's future is a critical component in attracting talent and positioning the Philippines as a destination for new ideas. Sasaki's master plan for the Science Park of the Philippines capitalizes on this momentum by creating a new and sustainable paradigm for science park development. Designed as a true live-work community, the 211-hectare science park encompasses a variety of uses including traditional plots for light manufacturing, a vibrant retail destination that creates a heart for the larger Malvar community, and a collection of new residential neighborhoods nestled in a picturesque setting composed of rolling hills and majestic tropical vegetation. An open space system links each of these uses together and utilizes the site's scenic ravines as a unifying visual element that creates a distinctive landscape identity. The result is a high quality new development designed to attract multinational tenants, skilled employees, and area residents by providing a place to live, work, shop, and relax.
Throughout the development, the open space system, highlighted by the ravines, establishes a connective landscape of civic and recreational amenities. This connection with nature provides multiple opportunities to relax and recharge. In the industrial estate, a series of ravine trails can be used for morning jogs or lunchtime walks. In the residential community, these ravines are organized as spaces where residents may enjoy an evening stroll or a weekend family bike ride. At the head of each ravine is a public park which serves as the center of neighborhood and offers soccer fields, play equipment, and other outdoor amenities.
In addition to the industrial estate and the residential community, a mixed-use retail zone serves as a regional destination for shopping and dining. Designed as a pedestrian-oriented environment, a collection of landscaped plazas accommodate multiple outdoor dining opportunities, convenient shopping, and a business hotel for both short and long-term visitors to the science park.
As one of the region's leading science park developments, the science park is also planned to be one of the most environmentally forward thinking. The philosophy throughout the entire design process was to protect and, when possible, enhance the ecological integrity of the site. To achieve this, Sasaki carefully considered new ways of thinking about the site's tropical climate and unique hydrological conditions. Central to this strategy is the protection of the site's ravines. In addition to providing a beautiful address and a host of recreational amenities for the development, these topographical features are also utilized for stormwater management, minimizing the need for highly engineered retention and detention systems. As water-receiving landscapes, the protection of the ravines and their use as green infrastructure also helps to protect their diverse native plantings, increasing the biodiversity of the area. The result of this careful master planning process is a flexible framework that maximizes the efficiency of the land, coupled with a sustainable approach to its development.