The Zuellig Building is the first premium office tower in the Philippines to be erected since 2000. Located at a prominent intersection in Manila’s Makati Central Business District, the 33-story, 160-meter-tall building is notable for its environmentally conscious design, distinctive façade, and superior finishes.
The Zuellig Building provides approximately 65,000m² of Class-A office space and approximately 2,000m² of retail area, with parking facilities for 660 vehicles below grade. The form of the building was generated from the geometry of the site – the intersection of Makati Avenue and Paseo de Roxas – and to accommodate on-site vehicular access and potential future development. The building expands on its north side and contracts on its south, resulting in a fan-shaped floor plan. This allows the building’s facades to be set orthogonally to the east and west property lines while also directly engaging the fabric of the city in those directions.
The tower offers between 1,870m² and 1,945m² of leasable office space per floor with a column-free layout that provides maximum efficiency and flexibility. A raised floor system at all levels allows modular office layout modifications and conduits to facilitate upgrades in computer and communications technologies. A double-height open-air terrace on the 30th floor provides outdoor gathering space for tenants and visitors. A low-rise pavilion attached to the tower houses two street-level retail lots, a food court, and an executive lounge containing a restaurant and meeting rooms.
The building’s glass façade — its primary architectural expression — is enhanced by structural sealants, low-emissivity coatings and ceramic frit patterns that minimize heat gain while permitting the maximum penetration of light to the building’s interior and showcasing the city’s spectacular views. These features and other sustainable measures helped the building achieve a LEED Platinum certification from the United States Green Building Council.