CAZA announces opening of City Center Tower in Manila

City Center Tower in Manila

City Center Tower in Manila
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CAZA (Carlos Arnaiz Architects), is pleased to announce the opening of the City Center Tower located in downtown metro Manila. The building will be new Philippine Headquarters for Major International Tech Companies, including Google.

City Center Tower in Manila
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With construction completed this month, the 27-story-tall mixed-use building will feature three floors of commercial retail and dining space while also serving as the corporate offices for several prominent international companies.

City Center Tower in Manila
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CAZA’s design sought to defy the average core and shell design of standard corporate office buildings by introducing refreshingly unexpected geometries that produce new experiences for users. By infusing a series of concentric circles extended across the horizontal axes of each floor, the tower’s exterior façade marries the structured shape of a cube with the free-form organic pattern of a wave.

City Center Tower in Manila
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The resulting visual impact elicits efficiency and innovation while retaining a sense of light playfulness. “The City Center Tower could be one of the first projects in the Philippines that represents the changing nature of the workplace, where nature and offices interact in this 24-hour cycle—accentuating the reality of how the BPO office environment operates” remarks Carlos Arnaiz, Principal and Founder of CAZA Architects.

City Center Tower in Manila
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Visitors are welcomed to the tower by an airy and illuminated double-height lobby that is circumscribed by two floors of commercial retail space, establishing the tower as a vivacious center that is both accessible and enlivened by public activity.

City Center Tower in Manila
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Hovering above these retail sections are spacious elevated parking areas that align with a functional cooling tower, designed to accommodate a passive cooling system that is responsive to the tropical heat of the Philippine metropolis.

City Center Tower in Manila
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On the fifth floor, atop the retail zone and parking areas, the lofted rooftop restaurant overlooks the building’s adjacent park with an expansive balcony area that will feature an urban beach with a wading pool, hammocks, and lounge spaces. Above the five stories of commercial space at the ground level are the corporate offices accommodating the building’s multinational tenants.

City Center Tower in Manila
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Each floor of the upper-level corporate zone is designed with a concentric circular pattern, layering together to compose the exterior’s iconic wave-like façade that distinguishes the unique tower.

City Center Tower in Manila
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The circular patterning gradually forms a series of balconies and bulging metallic mullions that provide the office spaces—which are traditionally closed and inwardly-focused—with a lush green overgrowth that invites employees to look outwards towards the vista and orient themselves within the metropolitan yet verdant landscape of Manila.

City Center Tower in Manila
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Among the notable tenants of the new building are Wallace, an American human resources firm; Globe Telecom, the largest Philippine telecommunications syndicate; the inaugural Philippines-based office for Cardinal Health, an American healthcare company; and Google’s headquarters for the Philippines. Source by CAZA.

City Center Tower in Manila
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  • Location: Manila, Philippines
  • Architects: CAZA (Carlos Arnaiz Architects)
  • Architect of Record: Esteban Y. Tan
  • Project Team: Carlos Arnaiz, Jessy Yang, Tzu-Yin Wang, Laura Del Pino, Jeian Jeong, Franklin Romero
  • General Contractor: Manny Sy Associates
  • Consultants: Jones Lang La Salle
  • Client: W Group
  • Year: 2016
  • Photographs: Courtesy of CAZA

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