Connecting Islands

The board of trustees of St. Peter’s College (Iligan City, PH) asked Studio Saal to make a new design for the main building of their school campus to increase the overall capacity of the school. The new design proposal replaces the existing building and workshop for a long and narrow four storey volume. The galleries on the south provide shading from the sun and the high windows allow the cooling sea breeze to enter from the north. Like the Philippine islands, the campus exists out of isolated ‘islands’ of green spaces that are used intensively by the students. The new Punongbayan building provides a square on the western facade that connects these islands, allowing students and staff to gather and exchange.