Photographer's Note

This building stands at the heart of Makati City's hotel triangle. It is sometimes called the Golden Triangle because of its land value and the tenants occupying the property. This area is bounded by Paseo de Roxas, Ayala Avenue and Pasay Road. The modern condominium tower was designed by the architectural group of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, San Francisco Office. In front of the condominium is the Development Bank of the Philippines and behind it stands the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Architecturally speaking I consider this as one of the best designed condominium structure in the Philippines. It is designed in the International Style of architecture. The exterior walls are treated to give some protection from the harsh Philippine sun., unlike some of the condominiums in the area which are simply sheathed in glass, looking like it was transferred from New York or Germany to the Philippines. The building has nice massing, with wall ?fabric? that has rhythm. The plan is efficient with good separation of occupants and service/utility circulations. It is 52-storeys in height, and units on the upper floors have very good views of the city. The structure is of structural steel with pre-finished metal clad wall panels and steel reinforced aluminum windows.

The picture shown was taken on the ground floor looking up. The play of screened, tinted and wired glass layers, window eaves, hanging plants and the joint lines of metal siding panels makes it a nice architectural photo subject. The color of the building is off-white, so I decided to make the photograph in black and white. I used the building elements to frame the white sky .

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