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Skyscrapers in Makati – Resilience in the Face of Earthquakes

Date: 4 December, 2023

A picture I took the other night of Rockwell Center Makati


Living in the Netherlands, where seismic activity is a rarity, the prospect of earthquakes is not a daily consideration. Yet, as I found myself in the heart of Makati, surrounded by towering skyscrapers, the narrative of seismic resilience became a fascinating exploration. In a city where modern living and corporate excellence are epitomized by architectural marvels, my experiences in Jazz Residences and along Ayala Avenue revealed not just the aesthetics but also the unwavering strength of structures against the seismic forces that nature may unleash.

Jazz Residences: A Sanctuary in the Sky

Nestled in the heart of Makati, Jazz Residences is not just a residential complex; it’s a vertical sanctuary engineered to withstand the unpredictable nature of earthquakes in this seismically active region.

Engineering for Resilience

As I ascended to my residence in the higher floors, the engineering brilliance of Jazz Residences became apparent. The skyscrapers are not just aesthetically pleasing; they are meticulously designed to absorb and dissipate seismic energy. The building’s foundation, a critical component of earthquake resilience, is fortified to ensure stability even during the most intense ground shaking.

Safety in the Clouds

Living in Jazz Residences during my exploration of Manila’s seismic landscape provided a unique perspective. The residential units. High above the ground, are designed with a focus on both comfort and safety. The construction materials and techniques used ensure that, in the event of an earthquake, residents are sheltered in a secure environment, offering peace of mind amidst the urban hustle below.

Jazz Residences, my stay here in Manila - Source: https://smdc.com/properties/jazz-residences/

Ayala Avenue: Skyscrapers Standing Tall Against Tremors

Ayala Avenue, the bustling corporate hub of Makati, is a showcase of not just economic prowess but also engineering ingenuity. The skyscrapers lining this iconic avenue are not just symbols of corporate stature; they are resilient structures that stand tall even when the earth beneath them rumbles.

Seismic Design Excellence

As I walked along Ayala Avenue, surrounded by towering structures like Ayala Tower One and the Enterprise Center, I marveled at the seismic design excellence incorporated into each building. These skyscrapers employ cutting-edge technologies such as base isolators and dampers, which act as shock absorbers during an earthquake, minimizing structural damage and ensuring the safety of occupants.

Ayala Tower one, one of the many skyscrapers in Ayala Avenue - Source: https://kmcmaggroup.com/building/Ayala-Tower-One-and-Exchange-Plaza/


Corporate Continuity

The corporate powerhouses along Ayala Avenue understand the importance of business continuity in the face of seismic events; resilience harmonizes with the aspirations of modern living and corporate success. The architects, engineers, and builders of these structures have embraced the challenge of constructing not just visually striking buildings but ones that can withstand the seismic challenges unique to this region.

Architectural innovation

The seismic resilience of Makati’s skyscrapers is not just about meeting regulatory requirements; it’s a showcase of architectural innovation. The use of flexible building materials, advanced foundation systems, and state-of-the-art engineering solutions exemplifies a proactive approach to seismic safety.

A City Reaching for the Sky, Rooted in Strength

As the sun sets over Makati, the skyscrapers stand as silent guardians, ready to face the unpredictable. Jazz Residences and Ayala Avenue, each in their own way, epitomize a city reaching for the sky while remaining rooted in the strength needed to withstand seismic challenges. In Makati, the pursuit of vertical aspirations is inseparable from the commitment to safety, creating a narrative where architectural excellence and seismic resilience dance together in a symphony of strength and modernity.



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