The Shang Grand TowerEdit profile
The Shang Grand Tower, also known as simply the Shang Tower, is a high-end residential condominium skyscraper located in Makati City, Philippines. The 46-storey building was opened in 2006 and rises to 180 metres (630 feet) from the ground to its architectural top. It is currently the 6th-tallest complete building in Makati City, and is the 10th-tallest building in Metro Manila and in the Philippines. The 250-unit condominium was the first self-funded residential condominium of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts’ Kuok Group in the country, and all units were sold-out as of 2006.
The Shang Grand Tower was designed by international architectural firm Palmer & Turner (P & T) Architects and Engineers Ltd., in cooperation with local architectural firm Recio + Casas Architects; while the structural design was provided by engineering company Ove Arup Philippines, the local branch of international engineering firm Arup. Project and construction management works were provided by Jose Aliling & Associates, and the general contractor is D.M. Consunji, Inc. Award-winning international landscape consultants Belt Collins was responsible for its outdoor panoramic designs, while “designers to the hotel and resort industry,” Hospitality and Leisure Asia set the tone for its general interiors.
The exterior has a post-modern with traditional art deco design with verdant tinted glass, which makes it exteremly noticeable in its location in the Makati Central Business District. The building stands on a nearly 2,900 sq.m. of land, and roughly 71,000 sq.m. of floor space will take the shape of letter “z’” with a straight line in the middle. This enables unit owners at the extreme ends of “Z” to have three views of the outside. The entrance lobbies have marble and granite finishes, and are divided into low zone (from 6th to 26th floor) and high zone (from 27th floor up to the penthouse). Each zone consists of three passenger lifts and one common service lift. The low zone consists of two single-bedroom and six 2-bedroom units per floor, while the special high zone from the 27th to the 30th floors, has the same number of units as the low zone. The high zone consists of the 31st and 42nd floors, and have four 3-bedroom units to a floor. The two penthouse floors have two 2-bedroom and two 3-bedroom units each floor. The Grand Penthouses at the 45th floor have two bi-level 4-bedroom units. Residential units have floors in “engineered wood” Pergo flooring; tiles from Hong Kong; imported granite kitchen countertop; main doors in solid wood and veneered on the surface; picture windows in blue-green tempered glass in powder-coated aluminum frames; underground and overhead water tanks, a standby generator to supply 75 percent of the building’s power needst. Main doors have one side that have a narrow extra door which opens to allow entry or exit of big items for the homes. The building is purely residential in nature, with no commercial or office space, no bridgeways or walkways to connect it to any commercial and office establishment.
The Shang Grand Tower construction began in September 2003, a period wherein the Philippines is still healing from the effects of the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis. Structural works was done at a rate of 1 floor per week, and was topped-off on March 2005. The building was formally completed on November 2005, and was formally opened to the public on March 8, 2006