12 Most Stunning Buildings In Bonifacio Global City

Last Updated: June 6th, 2018

 

Bonifacio Global City

 

Proving how urban development can turn a grassland and former military base into one of the country’s leading central business districts is the rapid transformation of Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. During the American occupation of the Philippines, the US Government acquired the disputed land where BGC is currently situated. The ownership of the military camp, then known as Fort William Mckinley, was later transferred to the Philippine Government after the country gained its independence from the United States in 1946. Fast forward to 1995– a consortium initially led by Metro Pacific–and later, Ayala Corporation and Evergreen Holdings oversaw the master planning and development of Bonifacio Global City.

 

Grand Hyatt Manila as seen from 32nd Street

Grand Hyatt Manila as seen from 32nd Street

1. Grand Hyatt Manila

Now considered as the tallest building in the Philippines, Grand Hyatt Manila was designed by Wong & Ouyang (HK) Limited–the same architectural firm behind the famous Times Square in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.

The project was built as a partnership between Hyatt Hotels Corp., Federal Land Inc. and Japanese financial services group Orix Corporation at a cost of Php 20 Billion.

Read in full: 6 Things to Know About Grand Hyatt Manila – The Tallest Building in the Philippines

 

One Mckinley Place

One Mckinley Place

 

2. One Mckinley Place

Designed by HOK (Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum) in collaboration with R. Villarosa Architects, the 43-story residential project is currently the 12th tallest building in Taguig at a height of 149 meters (2017).

The building’s design includes two separate towers that are joined by a wraparound glass curtain wall and a two-story podium, which features open views through its curvilinear glass and stainless-steel curtain wall.

Read in full: 7 Things About The 12th Tallest Building In Taguig: One McKinley Place

 

ORÉ Central as seen from 9th Avenue

ORÉ Central as seen from 9th Avenue

3. ORÉ Central

Developed by the CITIMAX Group, ORÉ Central was designed by Gensler, the same firm behind Shanghai Tower, the second tallest building in the world.

With its unique design, the building bagged three awards at the 2016 Philippines Property Awards– Best Office Development, Best Landscape Architectural Design, and Highly Commended in Best Office Architectural Design.

Read in full: Designed By Gensler: 5 Things To Know About ORÉ Central in BGC

 

Shangri-La at the Fort as seen from 30th Street

Shangri-La at the Fort as seen from 30th Street

 

4. Shangri-La at The Fort

Currently, the 3rd tallest building in the Philippines, Shangri-La at the Fort was designed by Handel Architects LLP–the same firm behind the design of the 9/11 Memorial in New York. Some of their best-known projects in New York include the Trump SoHo, Cornell Tech Campus Residential Tower, the Millennium Point, and the Ritz Carlton Central Park. They are also behind the tilting Millennium Tower in San Francisco.

Read in full: Shangri-La the Fort: The 3rd Tallest Building in the Philippines

 

W City Center as seen from 30th Street

W City Center as seen from 30th Street

 

5. W City Center

Designed by Brooklyn-based CAZA (CARLOS ARNAIZ) Architects, W City Center is arguably one of the most uniquely designed buildings in the Philippines. Its façade is populated by a series of balconies and bulging metallic mullions that help the typically closed offices enjoy the view outside.

Read in full: Two Of W Group’s Uniquely Designed Buildings In BGC

 

The W Fifth Avenue

The W Fifth Avenue

 

6. W Fifth Avenue

With another uniquely designed office tower under its portfolio, W Group’s W Fifth Avenue provides onlookers an imposing edifice that immediately reminds you of the popular game in the 80s–Tetris. Behind its design is Arquitectonica, a Miami-based architectural firm who’s famous for designing the Babylon Apartments and American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

Read in full: Two Of W Group’s Uniquely Designed Buildings In BGC

 

The Curve as seen from 32nd Street

The Curve as seen from 32nd Street

7. The Curve

The striking new landmark at the nexus of 32nd Street corner 3rd Avenue is The Curve. This recently completed landmark was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), the same firm behind the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

Read in full: The Curve: 4 Things To Know About This New BGC Landmark

 

The Pacific Plaza Towers as seen from 5th Avenue

The Pacific Plaza Towers as seen from 5th Avenue

 

8. Pacific Plaza Towers

Also designed by Arquitectonica in collaboration with Recio + Casas Architects, Pacific Plaza Towers is one of the first skyscrapers that was completed before Bonifacio Global City was even fully developed. With its striking blue, all-glass facade, this 53-story residential project held the record of being the tallest twin-towers in the Philippines from 2001-2009 before it was unseated by The St. Francis Shangri-La Place in Ortigas Center.

Read in full: 6 Things About Pacific Plaza Towers: The Tallest Twin Towers In BGC

 

The Finance Center in Bonifacio Global City

The Finance Center in Bonifacio Global City

9. The Finance Center

Adding to the list of Gensler-designed buildings is Daiichi Properties’ The Finance Center located at 26th corner 9th Avenue. The 42-story office tower was awarded the Five-Star Best Office Development by the Asia Pacific Property Awards in 2016.

Read in full: The Finance Center in BGC, And Its Unique Facade: 7 Things To Know

 

PSE Tower - Philippine Stock Exchange Tower

PSE Tower

10. PSE Tower

Estimated to have cost Php 3.5 Billion to build, the PSE Tower along Fifth Avenue is considered as the new home of the Philippine Stock Exchange. The 50,000 sqm. all-glass tower was designed by US-based architectural firm, Handel Architects.

Read in full: The Philippine Stock Exchange Tower in BGC: 8 Things To Know

 

Daiichi World Plaza Bonifacio Global City

World Plaza

11. World Plaza

For its impressive design, the recently completed World Plaza was awarded the prestigious Five-Star Best Office Development at the Asia Pacific Property Awards in 2015. Adding to the list of Gensler-designed office towers on our list, this all-glass edifice will soon house the shared services offices of the Dutch financial giant–ING Group.

Read in full:  Daiichi’s World Plaza in BGC: 7 Things To Know

 

Arthaland Century Pacific Tower

Arthaland Century Pacific Tower

12. Century Pacific Tower

Built at an estimated cost of Php 3.5 Billion, Arthaland Century Pacific Tower was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM). This triple-A grade building was recognized as the Best Office Architectural Design (Philippines), Best Green Development (Philippines) and Special Recognition in Sustainable Design (South East Asia) by the South East Asia Property Awards in 2016.

Read in full: Arthaland Century Pacific Tower In BGC: 8 Things To Know

 

 

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