Results | Rebuilding Siargao Competition organized by Archstorming

Archstorming, an architectural platform that organizes international humanitarian competitions, has released the results of Rebuilding Siargao Competition. The main goal of the contest was to rebuild the island of Siargao after the disaster that took place last December 16, 2021, when the Super Typhoon Rai made landfall in the Philippines and damaged around 90 to 95% of the island structures. In order to do so, Archstorming partnered up with the NGO Lokal Lab, an organization that is rebuilding the island as fast as they can.

Participants were challenged to design two projects: a new community center for Lokal Lab to replace the old one that got destroyed and a small urban intervention.

The all-Filipino jury team was formed by architects, engineers, sociologists and urban planners. They took the task to decide which project was the winner of the competition and therefore will be built in the near future.

The first prize was awarded to Rodrigo Molina, Mariana Santamaria, Marco Luna, Erick Salvador and Pablo Ziga from Mexico City, Mexico. Whereas the second prize was granted to Alfonso Paronda Jr from Singapore, and third position to Junwei Li and Lianghan Wen from Chicago, USA. The two special honorable mentions were awarded to Daniel Segovia, Carlo Hernández, Julia Jiménez and Kenia Gutiérrez from Mexico and Abhinay Jadhav and Vishal Kangane from India. The three winners of the urban intervention project were Hazel Grace Esmino, Aegirine Rei Taylan, Andrea Monica Simon and Reuben Cyril Pintor from Philippines; Haoze Xu, Xiaofen Yang and Yifang Lin from Japan; and Zion Enrico Licup, Janna Muriel Balasbas, Van Hexel Macalawa and Juan Carlos Eugene Soler from Philippines.

Community Center Competition


First Place

Rodrigo Molina, Mariana Santamaria, Marco Luna, Erick Salvador, Pablo Ziga – Mexico City, Mexico

This project starts and ends with PEOPLE. So, in this Tabo, furniture goes beyond just activities and becomes the structural foundation for a community center. The basic need spaces (core building) are solid and represent unmovable values (what people care about).

And around those basic values, “who we are” and “what we need” over time, people can begin building this wooden structure. We recognize the important role that local labor will play in this project, so the building is intended to be constructed in an easy, logical manner, reinforcing regional construction techniques with minor additions that decrease its vulnerability to natural disasters, such as double-beams, iron bolts and simple iron reinforcements.

The structure of the building responds to a phased construction process within the assigned budget using local coconut palm wood for all carpentry except the structural columns (hardwood) while recycling materials that have been discarded (in walls and masonry tables). 

Second Place

Alfonso Paronda Jr – Singapore, Singapore

Inspired by the bahay kubo and bayanihan spirit. The design aims to explore opportunities for placemaking that not only serve within the site but also fosters collaboration within a vibrant and well networked community.

The proposed colorful recycled containers features can be adjusted and rotated along the length and width of the site to achieve different configurations and it can also be duplicated in different locations across the island The interplayable weave design of iconic filipino culture, the bahay kubo and the combination of colorful modern containers created gives a unique character to the site that is new to the Burgos community.

The spirit and fiber in which the strength of this development shall be woven from, will promote bountiful growth for the community along the heart of Siargao It is also part of the bayanihan spirit to help others without expecting anything in return to achieve goals It is where cooperative undertaking takes place with each individual effort. 

Third Place

Junwei Li, Lianghan Wen – Chicago, IL, USA

The project #1 LOKAL Tabo proposal aims to create an open and highly variable community market. We propose a passageway design strategy that integrates the consideration of disaster prevention and community service functions. Splitting the massing into halves reduces wind pressure on the Tabo when a typhoon hits, improving disaster prevention performance of the building. The passageway also serves as a canopied marketplace for local residents and farmers to display their goods and conduct trade activities, showing the openness of the new Tabo.
Honorable Mentions

Secial Honorable Mention: Daniel Segovia, Carlo Hernández, Julia Jiménez, Kenia Gutiérrez – Querétaro, México


Secial Honorable Mention: Abhinay Jadhav, Vishal Kangane – Sangamner, India

Honorable Mention 1: Patrick Espiritu, Spencer Sy – Manila, Philippines

Honorable Mention 2: Wenbin WEN, Zhihao HU, Zhexuan WU – Hong Kong

Honorable Mention 3: Christopher Cornecelli, Bryson Wood, Alexander Lamarche – Toronto, Canada

Honorable Mention 4: Ahmed Elmaghraby, Mohamed Othman, Ibrahim Abd elwahed, Amir Gaber – Cairo, Egypt

Honorable Mention 5: JunWei Loh, Jie Nan Wang, Heui Sung Kim, Zhuo-Ming Shia – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Honorable Mention 6: Chynx Efrheim Bilaw, Carl Patrick Morco, Vernon Xian de Gracia, Marc Deniel Demdam – Manila, Philippines

Honorable Mention 7: Chinh Vu – Stuttgart, Germany

Honorable Mention 8: Diego Peña, Alejandro Pacheco, Jorge Cobacho – Sevilla, Spain

Honorable Mention 9: Min Kyoung Woo, Kim Dong Su, Kim Hyun Myung, Kim Hyun Myung – Seoul, South Korea

Honorable Mention 10: Bhautik Prajapati, Sarang Chauhan, Krina Patel, Pal Shah – Bharuch, India

Urban Interventions Winners

Winner – Hazel Grace Esmino, Aegirine Rei Taylan, Andrea Monica Simon, Reuben Cyril Pintor – Manila, Philippines

Winner – Haoze Xu, Xiaofen Yang, Yifang Lin – Tokyo, Japan

Winner – Zion Enrico Licup, Janna Muriel Balasbas, Van Hexel Macalawa, Juan Carlos Eugene Soler – Manila, Philippines

Date: August 23, 2022