Sustainable skylines: The future of green architecture in Metro Manila

MANILA, Philippines – The real estate industry in Metro Manila is currently experiencing a major surge in development. Scaffolding is now a constant element on city streets while new structures are seemingly being built on every corner.

But behind the rising skylines, the big question looms: can all this progress also translate to a greener future for the city?

During a recent press conference, ArthaLand shed light on the importance of sustainable growth for urbanized cities such as Metro Manila. The boutique developer brought in Jonathan Stein and Ame Engelhart,  Hong Kong- and USA-based architects from the firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM).

Over breakfast, Stein and Engelhart shared their design vision behind ArthaLand Century Pacific Tower, Arthaland’s latest development in Bonifacio Global City.

Functionality first 

When it comes to green buildings, it’s usually construction materials and methods that come to mind. However, the way a structure is designed is just as important – in fact, it’s the crucial first step.

For example, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) looks into how a building is designed, constructed, and maintained before granting a LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification to a developer. Factors like the quantity and quality of materials used, indoor environment, use of locally sourced timber, and total building water consumption are all taken into consideration. 

Engelhart said: “When we talk about high-performance design, it’s a building that’s going to be energy efficient, it’s going to be water efficient, it’s going to be resource efficient. And so the overall performance of the building is a longer term life cycle discussion.”

Sustainable design is all about efficiency. Figuring out how the space is going to be used and imagining the experience of those who will be frequenting the building are very important. It’s all about using design to create a comfortable space that will stand the test of time. 

LEED, BERDE CERTIFIED. A graphic rendition of the ArthaLand Century Pacific Tower


A graphic rendition of the ArthaLand Century Pacific Tower

The ArthaLand Century Pacific Tower 

ArthaLand Century Pacific Tower’s design is founded on efficiency and aesthetics. Described as a jade or a gem, it aims to be a striking addition to the Bonifacio Global City skyline with its overlapping 3D glass design. It is also the first and only office building that is on target to achieve dual green building certification from LEED and the Philippine Green Building Council's BERDE (Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence).

Features like motion sensor lights, bicycle spaces, and a weatherproof arcade at the bottom of the building contribute not only in energy conservation and dealing with erratic weather, but also in providing a better overall experience for tenants.

Even its location at the corner of 5th avenue and 30th street in BGC is fit to encourage a more pedestrian lifestyle and environmental stewardship.

“We’re very excited about it and we’ve had a wonderful relationship with ArthaLand who’s really been a leader in trying to bring the highest and best quality projects to Manila,” shared Stein. “We’re looking forward to adding another jewel in the Manila crown.”

ArthaLand is a focused real estate company bringing together a brain trust of experts in property development and management. It's an entrepreneurial, world-class, boutique developer of unique, enduring, and sustainable projects in the residential, office, and leisure segments. Learn more on the ArthaLand website