The term skyscraper dates back to the 1880s, and was first used to refer to buildings between 10 and 20 floors tall. With advances in engineering, construction, and materials, skyscrapers now refer to high-rise buildings that are at least 40 floors and 150 meters tall. Modern skyscrapers can be found throughout the world. For example, the Philippines is home to numerous beautiful skyscrapers that exceed a height of 250 meters. Some of the tallest buildings in the Philippines, all of which are located in Manila, the nation's capital, are highlighted below.
The 4 Tallest Buildings in the Philippines
Grand Hyatt Manila (318 meters)
The Grand Hyatt Manila is located in Taguig, Metro Manila, and was completed in 2017, surpassing PBCom Tower to become the tallest building in both Metro Manila and the Philippines. The mixed-use skyscraper was designed by architectural firms Wong & Ouyang (HK) Ltd and Casas Architects, Ove Arup & Partners were responsible for the building's structural engineering, and Federal Land served as the developer. The Grand Hyatt Manila has a roof height of 281.7 m, a pinnacle height of 318 m, and 66 floors. The building also includes a hotel with 461 guest rooms.
Trump Tower Manila (280 meters)
Trump Tower Manila is located in Makati City and is the second tallest skyscraper in Metro Manila. Also known as Trump Tower at Century City, the building was developed by Century Properties Group, designed by Pomeroy Studio, and structural engineering was provided by Sy^2 + Associates. The skyscraper was built at a cost of 150 million dollars, and the Trump brand name is used under license. The residential building is 280 m tall and contains 57 floors.
PBCom Tower (259 meters)
PBCom Tower, officially named the Philippine Bank of Communications Tower, is 259 m tall and ranked as the tallest skyscraper in both Metro Manila and the Philippines until the completion of the Grand Hyatt Manilla. The building was designed by both GF & Partners Architects and Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill LLP, structural engineering was provided by Aromin & Sy + Associates, and then built by Samsung Engineering & Construction. The Philippine Bank of Communications (PBCOM), which is the largest and one of the oldest banks in the country, occupies 10 of the building's 52 floors.
The Gramercy Residences (250 meters)
The Gramercy Residences, which was named after Gramercy Park in Manhattan, New York, USA, is a residential building in Makati City, Metro Manila. Also known as The Gramercy Residences at Century City, the residential building is 250 m tall and contains 73 floors. Built on the former grounds of the International School Manila, the building was designed Jerde Partnership International and by Roger Villarosa Architects & Associates, and structural engineering was provided by Ove Arup & Partners and Sy^2 + Associates. A key feature of the building is Skypark which is located on the 36th floor and includes a waterfall, multi-level pools, spa, restaurant, health club, and garden. A rooftop restaurant, named 71 Gramercy, is located on the building's 71st floor.
Manila ranks among the most populous cities in the world, and the ongoing demand for living space will result in the development of newer and taller buildings to accommodate its rising population. The design and materials for future buildings should consider energy requirements and focus on sustainability.