Working seamlessly to create a community

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Sunday, February 16, 2014


A whole new community is rising at 32 Sanson Road, Lahug, Cebu City. Being developed by Rockwell Land Corporation of the Lopez Group, 32 Sanson by Rockwell sits on a 3.2 hectares of land on which will rise five residential towers. The development will have 70 percent open space and, for the use of its residents, it will also have two club houses, a function room, gym, game room, two swimming pools, a multi-purpose court, a children’s playground and a jogging path.

Chosen to design and develop this community is Gallego Architects, headed by Eduardo B. Gallego, a Cebuano, who studied architecture at the University of San Carlos and at the Cebu Institute of Technology (now a university).

He worked for six years, from 1984 to 1990, as an architect in the Washington, D.C. area for several American Design Firms.

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Asked why he came back to the Philippines, he replied: “It was a great experience (working for American firms) and I learned a lot. I had no intention of spending the rest of my life in a foreign land. After all, there is no place like home. Practicing architecture in the Philippines is still more challenging and rewarding as most homes are still custom designed.”

Gallego says he was always fascinated by architecture because it “is probably the only profession where one is able to exercise all his artistic talents. An architect not only designs the space but can also design the furniture, the artwork, accessories and other components of a project. What I find very interesting is how space, colors and the setting affect people’s behavior. This aspect I try to feel and grasp when designing spaces.”

Though he has designed bigger projects, he said he finds 32 Sanson by Rockwell “one of the most interesting. Remember it’s not just about designing condominium buildings. It’s about designing an entire community that goes with it.”

Gallego works with a team of architects, which includes his daughter Mirella. Born in Fairfax, Virginia, she took her undergraduate studies and master’s in architecture at the University of South Wales in Sydney, Australia. She says to some degree, her father’s being an architect influenced her in taking up architecture.

As she relates, “On occasion I would go with him to visit the project sites and was amazed at how ideas drawn on paper are transformed into tangible objects.”

She has been working with her father for two years and so she has been involved in many projects. Of her father’s work style, she says: “Dad involves everyone in the office when it comes to design. He values everyone’s inputs and believes in teamwork.

He also allows everyone to grow as an architect.”

For 32 Sanson by Rockwell, Mirella says she is involved in all aspects of an architectural firm, “from design to administrative matters.”

With a father-daughter team working seamlessly with each other (and with other architects as well), 32 Sanson by Rockwell is bound to rise beautifully, a new and vibrant community that will be a great addition to the city of Cebu.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 17, 2014.

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