Cityscapes: Clipp Center

This "tiny" structure stands out with its dynamic facade.

( These days, it's so easy to mistake one building for another, especially the ones you see in bustling commercial and business districts. Height and simplicity have somewhat become an undisputed norm in office building design. Construction in Manila is at an all-time high, and skyscrapers are going up left and right to decorate our skylines. With functionality being the primary concern in designing offices, it becomes disturbingly commonplace to create bland, lifeless facades that evoke the same cold and impersonal quality that's usually associated with the workplace.


Bonifacio Global City is certainly no stranger to this construction boom. As businesses of all shapes and sizes all clamor to set up shop in the area, more and more buildings are sprouting up to accommodate this growing demand. Enter Clipp Center, located at 11th Avenue corner 39th Street. The building stands tall as a perfect antithesis to the aforementioned typical office building design. But even with its interesting aesthetic qualities, it doesn't want to scrimp on function either. Instead, the building aims to give its tenants the very best of what both worlds have to offer.




Clipp Center is a project by Clipp Machenson Holdings, Inc., a company owned by Pablito Calma. He is the same person who founded the construction firm Multi-Development and Construction Corporation (MDCC), which has worked on high-profile projects such as Solaire.



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The building started construction in May 2011. Keeping it in the family, the design was done by Eduardo Calma, who is known for his fascinating and unexpected designs. Some of his other works include The Mind Museum and the De La Salle-College of St. Benilde’s School of Design and Arts Building.





Clipp Center has 12 storeys in total, with a height of 57.80m. Though quite short compared to most of its neighboring structures, it still manages to stand out because of its unique-looking exterior.



Definitely not one to design the ordinary, Calma went beyond the usual glass material and used metal cladding to create a more dynamic facade. The boomerang-shaped perforations break monotony and provide visual interest to the facade. The design also allows enough sunlight to enter the spaces inside the building while still shielding its users from direct sun exposure. Operable awning windows allow users the option of natural ventilation if they prefer it.




Upon entering the building's lobby, one would immediately notice that Clipp wasn't envisioned as your run-of-the-mill office building. Instead of an imposing, wide expanse of space, the lobby is cozy and inviting. Translating the same experience of the façade in a smaller area, the walls are made up of alternating wood and glass panels in irregular geometric shapes.



Though the usual design is to use mirrored walls to create the illusion of a bigger space, the inside of its three elevators are dark and adorned with a geometric pattern, creating a very interesting and modern look.




The corridors use warm white lights that create a comfortable, almost homey atmosphere that translates into the common areas. The cove lighting zigzags along the corridor, and the same theme is continued inside the restrooms.



The ground floor and mezzanine of the building will soon be housing a bank and a furniture store, respectively. The parking units are on the 2nd to 4th floor, and the office spaces are located from the 6th to 10th floor. The 11th and 12th floors will serve as the owner's own office. Vask, a restaurant specializing in traditional Basque cuisine, is already operational on the 5th floor and is a popular dining destination.




The building's leasable office spaces average at around 560 square meters, and boast of a 94% area efficiency per floor level that should give their tenants maximum utility and control over their space.




The building is not yet completely finished with construction and is set to officially open by December or January 2014. In the meantime, eat at Vask.

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