Rejecting the decades-long trend to import Western-style malls to the Philippines, Callison Architecture Inc. blended the area's natural foliage with city street life in designing the Ayala Center, Greenbelt 3 in Manila. A “Garden path” of courtyards and walkways using a variety of natural materials, including flowering plants, shrubs and water features, leads into a large park. On the other side, retailers face the busy city streets. Judges were impressed with the architects' integration of Asian themes and use of outdoor space. “This feels like a true city center,” says Tanya Spaulding, vice president of Shea. The center offers a new model for retail/entertainment developments in Asia — one that responds to both the Philippine culture and international retail and entertainment standards.

Project Name: Ayala Center Greenbelt 3

Location: Makati City, Manila, Philippines

Square Footage: 300,000

Architect: Callison Architecture, Seattle

Associate Architects: GF & Partners

Client Team: Ayala Land Makati City, Philippines

Credits

General Contractor: Makati Development

Landscape Architect: Edward D. Stone & Associates ACL ASIA

Environmental Graphic Design: Callison

Mechanical Engineer: Rey J. Calpo & Partners

Electrical Engineer: DCCD Engineering

Consultants: NBF Consulting Engineers Davis, Langdon & Seah Philippines