According to a design company, CB Engineers, the upcoming Philippine Stock Exchange building in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City will also house the very first Apple Store in the country.
The ground floor retail section of the new PSE is said to include the Apple Store, Manila:
CB Engineers was selected by the Ayala Development Group to provide consulting services as the sustainability consultant and commissioning agent for the new Philippine Stock Exchange Office Building.
The project is a new 650,000-sq.ft. high rise office tower complex located in Bonifacio Global City, a business district of Metro Manila in the Philippines. The project is named for its anchor tenant the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) although the PSE will be occupying only about 108,000 sf or 15% of the total projected floor area. The project is being designed as a LEED Gold, Class A office space (referred to as Triple A Office Space in Manila) and will seek high profile tenants such as headquarters of large multinationals, with the retail section housing the Apple Store, Manila as the anchor tenant. To match the projects ambitious design goals, the Ownership Group has insisted on retaining a world class design team which includes Skidmore Owings & Merrill, SOM; EDAW and CB Engineers along with qualified local architects and engineers as the designers or record.
If this is really true, it makes sense since Apple already has the Online Store in the Philippines and may want to have better presence in the metro. The Fort is an ideal spot to have one but that would surely dampen the enthusiasm of the current iStudio (an Apple Premium Reseller) store owner at the Boni High Street.