Reaching New Heights: Exploring the Tallest Buildings in the Philippines! - Pinoy Builders

Reaching New Heights: Exploring the Tallest Buildings in the Philippines!

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In the Philippines, soaring skyscrapers are symbols of progress and innovation. From the bustling streets and urban hubs of Metro Manila and beyond, these towers stand as testaments to the nation’s aspirations and achievements. Filipino architecture is truly a sight to behold. These stretching skyscrapers are a testament to Filipino world-class talent that seems to reach above the clouds.


In this article, we will take a journey through glass and steel, where each building tells a tale of ambition, design, and the pursuit of greatness in the archipelago’s ever-evolving cityscape.


Reaching New Heights: Exploring the Tallest Buildings in the Philippines!


1. Metrobank Financial Center

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Standing at 318 meters tall, Metrobank Financial Center is the tallest building in Metro Manila. This sleek, modern skyscraper is a mixed-use complex comprising its common podium—the Metro Financial Center, the 66-story Grand Hyatt Manila, and the 45-story Grand Hyatt Residences. Its facade is predominantly glass, offering a panoramic view of the surrounding city. This luxurious building features postmodern and contemporary architecture designed by Hong Kong-based architectural firm, Wong & Ouyang, in collaboration with local architectural firm, Casas + Architects. 


Location: Bonifacio Global City, Taguig


2. PBCom Tower

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The Philippine Bank of Communications Tower is a corporate building officially ranked as the second tallest building in the Philippines. With a total ground-to-top height of 259 meters (850 feet), it features 55 stories and an iconic 8-level radio tower. 


It is designed by Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill (SOM) in partnership with local firm, GF & Partners Architects. This skyscraper has a postmodern design featuring a double-glazed exterior, monumental lighting effect, and unitized curtain walls in aluminum frames. 


PBCom Tower’s interiors are an elegant combination of glass, metal, and natural stone. Jointly developed by Filinvest Asia Corporation (FAC) and the Philippine Bank of Communications (PBCom), it is one of the 2 certified Information Technology buildings in the country accredited by PEZA.


Location: 6795 Ayala Avenue corner V.A. Rufino St., 1226 Makati City, Philippines


3. Trump Tower Manila

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Trump Tower Manila, also known as Trump Tower at Century City, stands at 250 meters tall symbolizing opulence and luxury in the heart of Makati. It is a residential building that features a distinctive “peeled” façade that serves an environmentally responsive function incorporated with internal balconies. The building is developed with shading systems and light shelves designed to adapt to the building’s orientation in relation to the sun’s path. This residential building is developed by Century City Development Corporation, a unit of Century Properties Group, under the license of real estate mogul and former US President Donald Trump. 


Location: Century City, Poblacion, Makati 


4. The Gramercy Residences

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This striking residential skyscraper known for its bold futuristic design stands at 250 meters in Makati. It was planned and designed by California-based architectural group, Jerde Partnership International, together with local architectural firm Roger Villarosa Architects & Associates. The building features a unique helix structure with balconies spiraling around its exterior, providing residents with stunning views of the city skyline. Boasting 73 floors of commercial and residential spaces, the Gramercy Residences also features an infinity pool, restaurants, cafes, and a garden island. 


Location: Century City, Makati


5. Shangri-La at the Fort

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Rising 250 meters above ground level, Shangri-La at the Fort is a commercial and residential building that features retail shops, contemporary rooms, and suites accented with marble, silk, and light Italian wood. It boasts an architectural style with a focus on luxury and sophistication combined with distinctive elements featuring local Filipino accents. The tower’s facade combines glass panels with metallic accents exuding elegance and prestige. Its design incorporates sustainable features, reflecting Shangri-La’s commitment to environmental responsibility.


Location: Bonifacio Global City, Taguig


6. Discovery Primea

Discovery Primea is a mixed-use skyscraper standing at 250 meters features some of the largest residential condos in Makati,  highly sought-after locations for events such as weddings, and luxury hotel rooms. Developed by JKTC Land, this 68-story tower is a member of the renowned Preferred Hotels & Resorts L.V.X Collection which is a selection of globally sophisticated and refined hotels and resorts from vibrant cities. Discovery Primea was designed by Kenzo Tange, winner of the Pritzker Prize, an award considered as the highest honor in architecture. 


Location: Ayala Avenue and Apartment Ridge, Makati


7. Shang Salcedo Place

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Shang Salcedo Place is a 67-story high-end residential building in Makati. This 250-meter building offers studios, and one-bedroom and two-bedroom condo units. Developed by Shang Properties, an affiliate of SHangri-La Hotels & Restaurants, this skyscraper is perfect for people who wish to work and make time for loved ones, because it is situated in an accessible and convenient location in the heart of Makati’s Central Business District. 


Location: Salcedo Village, Makati


The Nation’s Urban Landscape

As the sun sets on our exploration of the Philippines’ tallest buildings, we leave with a newfound appreciation for the blend of innovation and ingenuity shaping the nation’s urban landscape. From historic landmarks to contemporary giants, each structure contributes to the vibrant tapestry of Philippine architecture. As cities continue to evolve and reach skyward, these towering edifices remind us of the boundless possibilities that lie ahead. As we are inspired by these architectural wonders, let us carry forward the spirit of aspiration and progress—knowing that the horizon of the Philippine skyline holds even greater heights to be reached.

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