January 9, 2009

Blue glass

We pass by the UnionBank Plaza Building in the Ortigas Center of Pasig City once a month or so especially when we're on our way to one of the malls in the area. I never took notice of it because its street-level entrance and facade looks like any other building. It was only when we were at the Ortigas Home Depot several large blocks away that I saw what it really looked like. I love the sapphire blue glass but what is that thing on top?

UnionBank Plaza Building

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33 comments:

JM said...

Great blue building! Have you found out what the top is? It doesn't seem to belong there...

Olivier said...

superbe cet immeuble, cela donne de très beau reflet bleu.

this magnificent building, it is very beautiful blue.

Jim said...

I love the building, maybe the top is a restaurant and observation deck.

Buck said...

Great shot Hilda - buildings are hard to do, I think.

My vote is air traffic control centre!

Knoxville Girl said...

wow, that's impressive, love how you caught the simmmering blues. and the Thing On Top? - perhaps that's where the zeppelin docks.

Halcyon said...

It is a very pretty building. I'm glad the Home Depot helped you see it in a new light! :)

Lois said...

That is a beautiful shade of blue which happens to be my favorite color!

Sharon said...

That is an attractive building.

George said...

What a beautiful building against a beautiful sky. You did a great job in composing this picture. It looks like a helicopter pad at the very top of the building, but I have no idea what is just below it.

MurciaDailyPhoto and www.asthes.tk said...

It is an impressive building. Hence there is who has the money.

Marc said...

Impressive building, but I much prefer Our Lady of the Remedies in yesterday's post. But I'm sure you do too Hilda.

Wayne said...

Nicely captured Hilda.

Destitute Rebel said...

Beautiful building, reminds me of one in Sharjah UAE called the emerald tower, pretty similar.

Greg Dimitriadis said...

Great photo! It's one of the most original Skywatch pictures I've seen this week, catching the sky both directly and in reflection.

lunarossa said...

What a fantastic building, very futuristic. I expect Spiderman jumping over any minute! Have a great weekend. Ciao. Antonella

Sandy said...

Beautiful photo....love it.

~tanty~ said...

Great building. We don't have a building that high here.
Thank you for your visit and yes I have a wonderful day today :)

marley said...

Ita a great colour and looks cool against the sky. Looks like they ran out of glass when they got to the top!

raf said...

Blue, blue, indeed, in this reflection shot. Super SWF image, Hilda!

Wren said...

Interesting building - as blue as the sky itself. Will you answer your question for us next week?

Boise Diva said...

That's a spectacular building...

the donG said...

i too like that building. it's not the usual bar type building. some says it looks like a rocket.

Princess Ody said...

It's a cool building! It makes me miss Ortigas even more

Reena said...

hi..
i think it's a helipad and the extended part of the building is its central shaft (where the elevators go)

BABOOSHKA said...

It is a cool blue image and so tall. If it's two storey's high here we get vertigo.

Hilda said...

JM, Wren:
I really don't know what it is. And uUnless I find someone I know who works there, I might never find out.

Buck, KG:
I love your imaginative guesses! :D

Marc:
I like them both. I appreciate good architecture, whether new or old. But I am partial to stone, wood and iron which mostly appears in older architectural styles.

metromanila said...

It's one of my favorite Ortigas Center scrapers. And it's one of its tallest as well, but not for long. I'm not sure whether somebody actually told me the top was designed to resemble the top of a lighthouse or that somebody merely observed the similarity.

Arija said...

Stunning reflactions of the sky in all those window, and stunning architectural photo as well.

PJ said...

That is an amazing sight, Miss Hilda. You nailed this one, yes ma'am.

Zsolt said...

It looks great with this blue reflection:)

Jackie said...

That's an amazing building. I'm guessing the top bit is a helipad, for helicopters to land.

Hyde DP said...

my thought is a helipad too

Hilda said...

Jackie, Gerald:
Yes, the top is a helipad but it's the part just below it — before the blue glass starts — that I'm curious about. It looks like it's two or three levels in there.