Thematic Expressions from Architect Royal Pineda
- Cultural Sustainability
Architect Royal Pineda, the Pavilion's Overall Artistic and Thematic Director, finds spatial ideas in the Bangkóta, the living coral reef, "pulsating with people, and all functioning as one global ecosystem." He worked with 3,200 square meters of space, occupying it with a sculptural building. A core is enmeshed externally in a meandering pathway that leads to the Pavilion apex.
Pineda draws his aesthetic logic from natural systems; and believes nature to be synonymous with peace. Nature, including human beings, is ecosystemically connected. Bangkóta is "more than islands, more than the beautiful landscapes of the Philippines, the seas and the underwater environments," he says. "It is people." His design reiterates an ancient tropical aesthetic of maximum human interaction in permeable rooms of various volumes and dimensions.
"Royal," as Architect Pineda is called, took an unusual tack in responding to the location of the Philippines Pavilion in the Sustainability District of the World Expo Dubai 2020. He chose to emphasize cultural—more than environmental—sustainability through a structure that allows for multiple expressions of tenacious culture. "It's how we work together with others, how we welcome others," he says. "How we relate to others."