Last Updated: November 5th, 2017
If you’ve traveled the long stretch of EDSA and got stuck in traffic, chances are, you noticed this twin tower structure in Ortigas Center with its pyramid upper facade and neon lights. The BSA Twin Towers is part of the Saint Francis Square Complex located right behind SM Megamall. The complex, which is owned by Luke Roxas’ St. Francis Development Corporation, also includes the St. Francis Square Mall.
1. BSA Twin Towers was designed by the Philippine-based architectural firm, R. Villarosa Architects.
A graduate of Mapua University and a recipient of the Gold Medal of Merit award from the Philippine Institute of Architects, Rogelio Villarosa is the founder of R. Villarosa Architects. His firm also worked on equally imposing skyscrapers including the Icon Plaza in BGC, the Orient Square in Ortigas, and the Gramercy Residences in Makati.
2. It is currently the 11th and 12th tallest buildings in the Philippines and is the 2nd tallest twin towers in the country.
3. It was developed by St. Francis Square Development Corporation who’s also behind several commercial and residential projects. This includes Asian Mansion I and II, BSA Tower, BSA Suites, Asian Plaza I and II, Prince Plaza I and II, Prince Tower, and Perla Mansion–all located in Makati City.
4. Born on February 21, 1950, Luke Roxas, the man behind St. Francis Square Development Corporation (formerly ASB Corporation) previously worked in high-level positions in the banking industry. He served as a board member of the Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC), Executive Director of State Investment House HK Ltd. (1978-1980), Executive Vice President and Founder of the Asian Savings Bank (1980-1984) and President of Bank of Southeast Asia (1993-1998).
5. Its design is a perfect example of the postmodernist architectural style.
Postmodernism is a movement that emerged in the late 60s and early 70s. In investigating the common threads of postmodernism, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London identified four major characteristics of postmodernism: quotation, metaphor, plurality, and parody.
Around the world, some notable architectural landmarks and buildings are perfect examples of postmodernism. This includes the Bank of America Center in Houston, the Dancing House in Prague, Guggenheim Bilbao in Spain, Kyoto Train Station, and the Art Tower both in Japan, Messeturm in Frankfurt, PPG Place in Pittsburgh, and the Sydney Opera House in Australia.
– The Manila Project
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