Construction of skyscraper in the Philippines is not highly recommended due to the fact that the country is situated in the Pacific Ring of Fire where volcanic eruptions and earthquakes are frequent. Nevertheless, there are still tall buildings in the country.
1.) PBCom Tower: Makati City
The Philippines’ tallest building with a height of 259 meters is the PBCom in Ayala Avenue, Makati City. This tall structure is the home of the Philippine Bank of Communications or PBCom which is one of the oldest Philippine banks. Completed in 2000, it is currently the world’s 118th-tallest building.
Architectural Designers:GF & Partners Architects/ Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP
Structural Designers:Aromin & Sy + Associates.
Project and Construction Management Services:I.A. Campbell & Associates
Construction Works Management:Samsung Construction Company Philippines, Inc.
A landscaped garden in stepped podium also adds to the natural effect of the building’s design.
Its interiors are an elegant interplay of glass, natural stone and metal.
Its exterior double-glazed, unitized curtain walls in aluminum frames, together with a monumental lighting effect, create a facade that reflects a fusion of art and function.
The building also utilizes tinted insulated vision glass in full height for the curtain walls to seal off heat and noise.
2.) G.T. International Tower: Makati City
The 2nd tallest building in the Philippines is G.T. International Tower. The structure is 217 meters in height and is located in Makati City. G.T. stands for George Ty, owner of the building and chairman of the Metrobank Group. This office skyscraper opened in 2001.
Developer:Federal Land, Inc.
Architectural Designer:GF & Partners Architects and Recio + Casas Architects
Design Consultant:Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates as its design consultant.
Structural Designer:Aromin & Sy + Associates
Project General Contractor:C-E Construction.
Features and Recognitions:
In 2002, the tower was chosen as one of the best new skyscrapers of the year 2002 in the Emporis Skyscraper Award 2002.
The building is crowned with a 10-storey vertical fin. This fin marks its presence in the Makati City skyline and provides a visual signature at the towers crown.
This edifice is considered as one of the most prestigious office address in the country.
3.) The St. Francis Shangri-la Place: Mandaluyong City
The 3rd tallest building in the Philippines is the twin-tower residential condominium skyscrapers – St. Francis Shangri-la Place in Mandaluyong City. The structure, with a height of 212.88, is also recognized as the tallest residential skyscraper and tallest twin towers in the country. The building has 60 floors above ground, including a podium which connects the two towers, and 5 basement levels for parking. It is also known as The St. Francis Towers 1 & 2. Construction of the towers was completed in 2009.
Masterplanner and Designer: Wong Tung International Ltd/ Recio + Casas Architects
It is one of the most prestigious residential buildings in the Philippines.
It is the building with the most number of stories in the Philippines.
4.) Petron Megaplaza: Makati City
With a height of 210 meters, the 4th tallest building in the Philippines is Petron Megaplaza. It is an office skyscraper located in the business center of the country – Makati City. It was the tallest building in the country from 1998 until the completion of the PBCom Tower in 2000. The building has 45 stories.
Developer and Owner:Megaworld Corporation
Architectural Designer:Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP
Structural Designer:Aromin + Sy & Associates/ Ove Arup & Partners
Construction Management:D.M. Consunji, Inc.
5.) UnionBank Plaza: Pasig City
The 5th tallest building in the Philippines with a height of 206 meters is UnionBank Plaza in Pasig City. This office skyscraper is currently the tallest complete building in Pasig City. UnionBank Plaza was designed by renowned Filipino architectural firm Recio & Casas,with American architectural firm RTKL Associates as its design consultant.