May 25, 2017
Hong Kong based architectural firm to design New Manila Bay - City of Pearl Project
Hong Kong-based architectural practice hpa has recently announced its largest and most innovative project to date: New Manila Bay – City of Pearl. Envisioned as a self-sustainable, revolutionary and eco-nouveau city in the capital of the Philippines, it will place the country on the center stage of Asian innovation and smart technology once complete.
As the lead designer of the project, hpa will work to create one of the most progressive smart communities in the region, bringing business, entertainment and leisure together in one district.
"New Manila Bay – City of Pearl, as the first Asian smart city to be in development stages, will capture the essence of the Belt and Road initiative by further advancing business and economic development between China, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia," says Nicholas Ho, Deputy Managing Director of hpa.
The New Manila Bay - City of Pearl is a 407-hectare city and new integrated CBD (central business district), connected by a loop road network, with an advanced driverless railway system running throughout. The inner ring features an extensive central park and golf course, while the outer ring looks out onto the views of Manila Bay. Water taxis connect the North and South Islands to other districts in the capital, guaranteeing a walkable city with travel time no longer than 20 minutes, forging an international community of commercial, residential and touristic hubs. Renewable energy (solar and tidal power) will also be utilised to ensure renewable energy production and consumption. A state-of-the-art sports stadium, a waterfront promenade, as well as residential and commercial areas will present over 50,000 job opportunities for the community.