A massive cave-like museum will soon rise in the heart of Manila, which, once completed, is expected to offer its visitors an experience of the Philippines' cultural heritage. The 9,000-square-meter Museum of Indigenous Knowledge will be surrounded with trees, plants, ponds and waterfalls, creating a lush oasis amidst the city's concrete jungle. The arc-shaped structure will also include cafes, restaurants, exhibition areas and galleries inside. According to Tokyo-based architecture firm Kengo Kuma:
"The theme of this museum is to offer its visitors an experience of the Philippines' cultural heritage, starting from the Neolithic age. Based on its concept, we aim to build a natural and organic museum by combining water and green in the cave-shaped space, contrary to the image of museums as closed boxes. The organic design continues to the highest floor, with village-like architecture appearing on a water pool. It is also an attempt to revive cohabitation of nature and history in the urban environment."No word on estimated completion date, but I'm sure this will become a very popular destination for local and foreign tourists alike.