Rufino Pacific Tower

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Rufino Pacific Tower
May 14, 2005 - Rufino Tower!.jpg
The all-glass exterior of Rufino Pacific Tower.
General information
Status Complete
Type Office
Location 6784 Ayala Avenue cor. V.A. Rufino Street, Legaspi Village, Makati, Philippines
Coordinates 14°33′28.86″N 121°1′5.83″E / 14.5580167°N 121.0182861°E / 14.5580167; 121.0182861Coordinates: 14°33′28.86″N 121°1′5.83″E / 14.5580167°N 121.0182861°E / 14.5580167; 121.0182861
Opening 1994
Owner Rufino Family
Height
Antenna spire 200 m (656.17 ft)
Roof 161 m (528.22 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 41
Design and construction
Developer Rufino Family
References
[1][2][2]

Rufino Pacific Tower or more commonly known as Rufino Tower or Rufino Plaza is an office skyscraper and is one of the tallest in the Philippines. It remains as the tallest steel-framed building in the country.[1][2] It has a ground to architectural top height of 161 metres (528.22 feet), which is the basis of measuring tall buildings.[3] Counting its eight-storey radio tower, the building has a total height of 200 metres (656.17 feet). It has a total of 41 stories above ground level, including a 10 storey podium which is actually the original building, the old V.A. Rufino Building, and was modified to be the podium of the new tower. It is one of the few skyscrapers that utilizes car elevators.

Rufino Tower is designed with exterior double-glazed, unitized curtain walls that create a facade that reflects a fusion of art and function. Its interiors are an elegant interplay of glass, natural stone and metal. The building is the home of the Rufino family corporations, including major financial and insurance corporations. Also considering it as home is the Czech Republic Embassy.[4] Forbes magazine consistently ranks members of the Rufino Family in the Philippines' 40 Richest list.[5]

Location[edit]

View of Rufino Pacific Tower from Chatham House Building

The building is located at 6784 Ayala Avenue corner V.A. Rufino Street (which was also named in honor of the Rufino family) in Makati. The stretch of Ayala Avenue, aptly nicknamed the Wall Street of the Philippines, where Rufino Pacific Tower lies also has branches of Metrobank, Bank of the Philippine Islands, Equitable PCI Bank (now BDO), Export and Industry Bank, International Exchange Bank (now UnionBank), and East West Bank. The Tower hosts the city's first "green & boutique" business centre, Little Green Hub, for incubating start-up and early-stage companies in Makati. It also almost directly faces PBCom Tower, the current tallest building in the Philippines. The building has a signature all glass design, similar to Pacific Plaza Towers, the one of the tallest buildings in Bonifacio Global City, which was also developed by the Rufino family.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Emporis.com Rufino Pacific Tower, Makati
  2. ^ a b c Skyscraperpage.com Rufino Plaza
  3. ^ Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat CTBUH Criteria for Defining and Measuring Tall Buildings
  4. ^ Philippine Travel Guide Foreign Embassies in the Philippines - A Complete List
  5. ^ Forbes Philippines' 40 Richest Forbes Philippines 40 Richest List

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