Handel Architects, Hirsch Bedner & Associates collaborate for Manila Shangri-La

Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts announced the scheduled opening of Shangri-la at the Fort, a mixed-use development in Manila, the Philippines, in Q4 this year. The building will be one of the tallest in the country at 820 feet, and one of the first luxury lifestyle developments in the Philippines.

Shangri-la at the Fort will include a Shangri-La hotel and residences, as well as Horizon Homes, a collection of customized homes on the highest floors, which will be managed by Shangri-la. Other elements will include Kerry Sports Manila, a two-story, 107,639-square-foot lifestyle and leisure club that will include a spa and retailing.

Handel Architects is leading the project, with Hirsch Bedner & Associates designing the hotel’s public areas, guestrooms and residences. Sydney-based Stack Studio is doing the Kerry Sports Manila facility and Raging Bull Burgers restaurant.


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Other firms involved include masterplanners AECOM, working on the landscaping; Rockwell Group, working on the High Street Café and Limitless restaurant; Steve Leung Designers, working on the Canton Road restaurant and Avroko East for Raging Bull Chophouse & Bar; and Manny Samson & Associates, working on the interiors for Horizon Homes, as well as the Samba Poolside restaurant and bar.

The hotel will have 576 guestrooms and suites with a minimum of 484 square feet and having city and bay views.

The complex will have 97 residences, with a choice of one-, two- or three-bedrooms, measuring between 969 square feet to 1,335 square feet. Each residence is fitted with a kitchenette, a living room/dining zone, walk-in wardrobe and modern amenities.

Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila’s event spaces will include the pillar-less Grand Ballroom, measuring 19,375 square feet and can accommodate up to 1,800 guests at any given time. A junior ballroom, the Bonifacio Hall, will measure 8,396 square feet, and can accommodate up to 715 guests. A total of 19 multifunction rooms will be available on multiple floors of the hotel.

While details of the spa are yet to be finalized, it will hve nine treatment rooms and will be located on levels five and six of Kerry Sports Manila. This lifestyle club will also include an NBA-grade indoor basketball court, two tennis courts, two squash courts, an outdoor lap pool, gym facilities, exercise studio and Adventure Zone – a multi-level indoor playground for children, that includes party rooms.

Located in the heart of Bonifacio Global City, Shangri-La at the Fort is expected to attain LEED gold-certified status. The property will include 576 bedrooms, as well as 97 one-, two- or three-bedroom residences, two ballrooms, 19 multi-function rooms and seven dining options.

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