Ok. Its been a while. Over six months I think. A lot can happen around here in six months, construction-wise at least. Sim City (or Fort Bonifacio as it is officially known) continues to fly up in front of our eyes. I’ve never been able to get a number of given construction projects going up at any one time, but its a lot and there appears to be no end in site. No end, that is, until you count the end of our residency here, which now has a concrete finish.( If you pardon the pun.) We now tend to separate buildings into those that we expect to see completed and those that we don’t. Regardless, the city has changed enormously since we arrived in December 2010, and will continue to do up to and after we leave. I’m sure we wouldn’t even recognize a good deal of it if we came back to visit 5 years on.
Probably the most collosal under development right now is the SM Aura building that started construction a couple of months ago. Here is what is envisaged:
(Don’t be deceived by the green park-like surroundings. I wish. This is strictly artistic licence. There’s plenty of existing concrete now and more surrounding development planned that certainly doesn’t involve park creation.)
As of today, here is the explosion in a cement factory that’s going on right now. This photo only takes in the front short side. The building stretches an entire block. I think it would be good to do a blog revisit of this one before we leave, by which point it could be high enough to see from behind the buildings that are currently obstructing my view:
Developments continue to be a mix of residential, commercial and retail. A lot of new buildings are a mix of all three. Back in March 2012, the restaurant end to High Street hadn’t opened yet and we were still just looking at the construction sidings:
Now the siding is down and a restaurant centre with trees and graduated amphitheater seating has sprung up with more trees than you can see anywhere else in the city. A central water feature sprays up in the middle courtyard after dark, keeping the kids busy while the parents dine. One of the best changes I think. 1 year ago it was just a field.
One more… March 2012:
Lastly, for consistency, here is the view from my kitchen window in March, and now again in Sept 2012. Not so much difference at first glance, after all with 75% of the view blocked, most of the action is going on behind. But if you play “spot the difference” with some of the taller buildings at the back, you can see a different skyline from just six months ago.