September 13, 2019
A well-loved lifestyle and leisure destination at Ortigas Center proudly unveiled its expanded areas on Tuesday. Guests led by Singaporean President Halimah Yacob were very impressed by the outcome of this landmark venture between BDO Unibank and Singapore’s Keppel Land Limited, which will definitely redefine comfort and luxury in the mall via its sleek, sophisticated design and extraordinary selection of retail, dining, wellness, and leisure offerings.
When The Podium first opened in 2002, it celebrated the good life with its elegant design, upmarket stores and specialty restaurants. With that, it became the hub of memorable embassy events, concerts and art exhibits.
Today, as part of the mixed-use Podium Complex, the new Podium mall is redefining the Ortigas Business District skyline together with its other components, The BDO Corporate Tower and The Podium West Tower.
If you haven’t been to the all-new Podium, read up on the why it’s worth revisiting and re-discovering.
It’s an architectural masterpiece. With its innovative, functional, and streamlined design by Arquitectonica and Felix Lim and Associates, The Podium presents a careful composition of spaces, volumes, colors, and light. The exterior exudes visual lines that are designed to be eye-catching with greens that wrap the structure.
It’s a breath of fresh air. Lush garden walls wrap the mall’s façade offering a refreshing welcome to visitors. The monumental 2,000 square meter green wall is the largest in the country with over 6,500 plants which help cool and purify the property’s environment.
By incorporating green initiatives and sustainability with its sleek, sophisticated design, The Podium has received prestigious awards and citations: the LEED Gold Mark (Core & Shell) pre-certification by the US Green Building Council, and the Green Mark Gold Award by Building and Construction Authority of Singapore.
There’s more fun at the top. Designed as a large curvilinear pod with views over ADB Avenue, the mall’s Roof Deck complements the rectilinearity of the Podium façade in the same way the two towers form contrast and complement each other. The 800 seat capacity multi-function The Podium Hall aims to become the latest venue for shows, product launches, and corporate events.
It offers a restaurant renaissance. Rediscovering The Podium also means trying out its tasteful selections of specialty restaurants, food halls, and takeaway nooks. These include the modern Spanish tapas bar Las Flores, New York City’s acclaimed Wolfgang Steakhouse, the first Salvatore Cuomo café named after the renowned Italian chef, Nikkei Japanese-American ceviche and sushi bar, Paradise Dynasty, home of the famed eight flavor xiao long bao, and Niu by Vikings extravagant buffet spread.
Flagship shops of Japan’s Bake Cheese Tarts, Hong Kong’s Xing Fu Tang milk tea, and the world famous Ben’s Cookies offer delicious takeaways; while the Corner Market serves as the mall’s food hall featuring unique and hip dining options.
Luxe retail therapy awaits. It’s all about the latest in fashion, beauty, and jewelry. The upscale multi-brand lifestyle shops include Assembly, Cul de Sac, and @ Tokyo, which offers a uniquely Japanese shopping experience with its row of stores laid out like a shopping street in Tokyo. Luxury timepieces and accessories can be found in Omega, Breitling, Swarovski, and soon to open Rolex stores; while Dior, Estee Lauder, Kiehl’s, and Jo Malone lead the way in beauty and fragrance.
It houses a cluster of prestige wellness services. There are many ways to stay fit and fab at The Podium. Electric Studio is Manila’s first indoor cycling boutique, Options Studio is Asia’s premier Pilates and movement center, while Yoga+ is a holistic wellness center and studio. Kinetix Lab is a premium strength and conditioning facility, while The Spa and Barre 3 offers complete wellness services.
There’s even more to discover around the complex, starting with the iconic Cubi, a metal sculpture by National Artist Arturo Luz, which is geometric in form, commanding in its stature, and yet buoyant in space. A prominent presence in the Ortigas district in the 1980s, it was originally commissioned for a modernist building designed by National Artist Leandro Locsin for Benguet Corporation. Today, it continues to be an attraction as a centerpiece that ties together the different elements of the complex.
The BDO Corporate Tower is also side-by-side with the complex. A sleek 48-storey high rise with a cross shaped, symmetrical plan, it provides a maximum number of corner office spaces overlooking the Ortigas and ADB District. It also brings BDO’s wide range of corporate and retail banking services closer to those living, working, and shopping in the area.
Finally, the Podium West Tower is located on top of the five-storey mall, the 48 storey high rise is intended to both contrast and complement the BDO Tower. While the BDO Tower is straight, orthogonal and very masculine in appearance, the new tower has chamfered, curved corners that create an hour-glass in profile, and evoke a harmonious whole.
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