The Zuellig Building, a $171-million, 33-story office building in the Makati Central Business District in Manila, was the first building in the Philippines to be pre-certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The building's facade is made of double-pane, low-emissivity glass cladding with ceramic frits that appear to be decorative stickers but actually serve as sunscreens. The design team used frits that resemble bamboo patterns to create a distinctly Asian look. "The creative use of glass using state-of-the art solutions was commendable," one of the judges in ENR's competition said.
Location Makati City, Philippines
Owner Bridgebury Realty Corp., Makati City, Manila
Lead Design Firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, LLP, New York
General Contractor Leighton Contractors Philippines, Inc., Makati City
Structural Engineers Meinhardt Philippines, Inc., Makati City
Consultants Langdon and Seah Philippines, Inc., Makati City (LEED Consultant); WV Coscolluela & Associates, Makati City (Architect of Record)