green offices in the philippines

Filinvest’s signature commercial development, designed by Crone Architects, is full steam ahead under construction in the Philippines. The site is located at Filinvest City, Alabang and has a total GFA of 180,000m2. Filinvest aim to complete the basement parking, ready for use by June 2016 and the target completion date for Tower 1 is June 2017. The development which includes 4 BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) towers, car parking, civic park and F & B retail, is due for completion 2022 and targets a LEED Gold Environmental Rating, through the US Green Building Council.

The concept, resembling a butterfly shape in plan, assembles 4 towers around a central park and retail hub creating a quiet respite for the North Cyberzone Business Park community.


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megablock stage 1 is under way at filinvest city

Project Megablock is a BPO office development located in Alabang, Philippines designed for Filinvest land Inc. BPO stands for Business Process Outsourcing and a good example would be a telephone company that outsources its Help Desk services overseas. The design took into consideration BPO working environments, including a daytime and graveyard working shift to cater for companies all around the world. Food and Beverage retail outlets and an expansive green space were designed by Crone Architects, providing areas of quiet respite for BPO workers and other workers in the Northgate Cyberzone Precinct of Filinvest City.

The development has 4 office towers of approximately 20 levels each and a total GFA of 180,000m2. The floor plates have an NLA of 2,000m2 giving an NLA/ GFA efficiency of over 90%. The floor plates are designed to be open planned, with large structural grid bays and side core arrangement.

Below are recent site photos of the stage 1 works;

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the butterfly scheme won in the end

During our Concept Master Plan Design Phase, we presented a multitude of Design Options to our friends at Filinvest Land Inc. including; Central Park, The Cross, The Spine, Pinwheel, Blades, Fingers, Butterfly, Wiggles, Cut Sandwich, The Great Wall and Rotunda. Though everyone was amused by the name “Cut Sandwich”, down deep, we new this wouldn’t fly. My favourite schemes were Fingers and Butterfly. In the end there was unanimous support for the “Butterfly” scheme.

Megablock is a commercial office development located in the Northgate precinct of Filinvest City, Alabang, Philippines. It targets a LEED Silver environmental rating, illustrating the collaborative Design Team’s commitment to Sustainable Design. The “Butterfly” arrangement of buildings, consists of 4 commercial office towers, 25 levels in height, with a total GFA of over 180,000m2. It was designed for our client Filinvest Land Inc., to cater for the BPO market which works both day and night/ “graveyard” shifts.

In-between the butterfly wings is a luscious green landscaped park and retail centre. These spaces can be used for seasonal events or simply to relax in the pleasant garden surrounds.The public Park is an amenity to be shared by the Northgate Community and gently ramps up above the retail spaces creating a natural amphitheater. Bridge links connecting the towers at high level act as break-out spaces and informal meeting rooms promoting interaction.


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