Architecture must first feel comfortable because it is where the spirit resides. Whether it is to relax, inspire, delight, provoke or excite, architecture must cultivate spirit and evoke a sense of place. My creative intuition always told me that what is most important is a space that brings about clarity of spirit and well-being.
I have a deep affection for Filipino culture. However, I am not as drawn in expressing the nostalgic, literal or decorative iterations of what is Filipino. Instead, I am interested in abstracting familiar forms from the vernacular, hoping to reinvent our past with contemporary translations of simplicity, context, elegance and comfort.
Through the language of light, energy, technology, craft, materiality and a sense of place, I endeavor to create peaceful, harmonious environments that capture soul and radiate spirit.
Architect Miñana’s reductionist philosophy of form, function and detailing reflects his true nature, and that is, to do away with the irrelevant to pursue that which is important. This philosophy extends to his daily life. He believes that one needs to go within in order to better understand the nature of things; and to clearly express architecture that is not for show but for the well-being and serenity of its users.
Ultimately, Miñana’s pursuit is of the spirit as he celebrates the uniqueness and richness of what is Filipino in a relevant, contemporary language.
The development of a modern tropical architecture is at the core of Miñana’s endeavors.
Architect Emmanuel Miñana’s residential projects have lately taken on the characteristics of the numinous and the therapeutic.
Emmanuel A Miñana Architects is an architecture/design firm in Manila founded in 1990. It provides a select range of services from architecture design, architectural interiors design, furniture/fixtures/accessories design and conceptual landscape design. Its portfolio includes residential, corporate, commercial, religious and institutional projects located in the Philippines, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Bali, Riyadh, KSA and Italy.
Its ongoing projects include a wellness resort and a number of custom private residences and vacation homes.
Architect Miñana was the first recipient of the Beacon Seal of Excellence award from United Architects of the Philippines ( UAP ) given last December 2020. He received the Haligi Ng Dangal special citation for Excellence in Architecture from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts ( NCCA ) in 2018; and the ASEAN Committee on Culture and Information award for Excellence in Architecture reflecting EastAsian Identity in 2015.
He was he first Filipino architect shortlisted in the World Architecture Festival ( WAF ) held in Singapore on 2014 for EAMA’s project Villa Marina located in Cabuyao, Laguna.