3 Things About The Orient Square: A Postmodernist Structure In Ortigas

Last Updated: October 24th, 2017


The Orient Square

The Orient Square



Inaugurated in 1999, The Orient Square building located along F. Ortigas Jr. Avenue in Ortigas Center is probably one of the most eye-catching structures in this quiet area–if you happen to pass by on a Sunday. The building’s design, with its all-glass and striking blue facade–compared to the nondescript structures within the area– makes it stand out.


1. The Orient Square was designed by 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 BSA Twin Towers in Ortigas, and the Gramercy Residences in Makati.


A close look at the building's upper facade

A close look at the building’s upper facade


2. It is a perfect example of the postmodernist architectural style with its all glass-glass facade and fully unitized curtain wall.

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.


3. The Orient Square is owned by Salvador Uy’s Daiichi Properties. Daiichi Properties is also behind the development of several commercial buildings in Bonifacio Global City including the World Plaza along Fifth Avenue, The Finance Centre along 26th Street, and the One World Place located along 32nd Street.


The Orient Square: the curtain wall

The curtain wall


The Orient Square as seen from Exchange Road

The Orient Square as seen from Exchange Road


The Orient Square: The upper facade from another angle

The upper facade from another angle


The Orient Square: the main entrance

The main entrance


The Orient Square



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