Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Madrigal Building

By: Paolo M. Bustamante

Whenever I see the Madrigal Building, it reminds me of a certain senator and her popular but annoyingly catchy campaign jingle. It is probably because of the powerful surname attached to Ms. Jamby Madrigal or the strong hunch that I have about the Madrigal family owning the building. But then, I guess it is pretty much of a given about who owns it … so, making a big deal of it seems quite silly now.

The Madrigals are one of the most prominent and powerful families in Manila… They are enveloped in a heap of news stories, gossip, political rumors and good press stories as well… I guess I’ll just leave it at that. I personally find it dangerous and reckless to be noisily political.

Going back to the ACTUAL feature of this post, the Madrigal Building is a 1950’s building. Hence, it clearly exhibits some 1950’s international style with hints of Art Deco. Its international style is emphasized by the rampant use of sun baffles, which were clearly exhibited by the Madrigal Building –as well as the, Panpisco and the Old Philippine National Bank buildings. The Madrigal Building has a secondary fa├žade. It also has brise-soleil or sun breakers. These sun breakers architecturally refer to an assortment of lasting and stable sun-shading structures. These things range from pattered concrete walls to intricate and sophisticated wing-like mechanisms. The brise-soleil prevents overheating of glass frontages during hot summer days –perfect for Philippine weather. These are also strategically incorporated into the shade to allow the low-angle winter sun to provide passive solar heating.
The Madrigal Building had a lot of thought put into it, unlike my very deceiving introduction to this blog post. It also has available office spaces in Madrigal Building, 286 Escolta, Manila –with the FA ranging from 21 sq. m. (Php 275.00 per sq.m. mo.). You can inquire about the details with these numbers: (02) 840 23 34/36 or (02) 891 55 52.


  1. Before this became the Madrigal building, another noteworthy building stood on it called the Masonic buildingmade by Ralph Harrington Doane. The building eventually became the Philippine National Bank before the war until around 1964-65 when it transferred to the building made by Carlos Arguelles in the old Crystal Arcade building lot also along Escolta.

  2. Is this the building with a Chinese restaurant at the ground floor?