Architect Paul Tange’s design brings Zen to hectic Ortigas Center

Tange combines the Japanese tatami with the Filipino banig in the façade of a luxury condominium.

Ortigas Center in Pasig is not exactly the first place that comes to mind when you think of Zen. Then again, neither is Tokyo, where it is always hectic except in peaceful parks. In both cities, a father and son have designed spaces that provide people a sense of harmony with their surroundings and a feeling of peace in the middle of a business district’s frenzy of people, cars and money.

Acclaimed architect Paul Tange and his firm Tange Associates are Federal Land’s consultants of their Ortigas Center project, The Grand Midori, which recently launched its second tower. Paul is the son of Pritzker Prize winner Kenzo Tange, one of Japan’s most revered architects and urban planners.  

The Grand Midori by Federal Land

The older Tange, who passed away in 2005, helped plan the rebuilding of Hiroshima after WWII and designed its Peace Memorial Park. For the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, he designed the National Gymnasiums, while Paul Tange, whose projects are known for their sustainability, designed Tokyo’s Aquatics Center for the 2020 Olympics.

Tange Associates is best known for combining traditional Japanese artistry with modern perspectives as seen in their work on Yoyogi Gymnasium, St. Mary Cathedral and more. For The Grand Midori Ortigas, they forged Japanese design and innovation into the building’s architecture to create a unique living experience that is both elegant and purposeful.

The design of Grand Midori Ortigas offers its future residents the chance to experience a Zen-inspired sanctuary conducive for tranquility in the city.

The façade of the two towers, which are connected by a podium, combines the Japanese tatami with the Filipino banig for a flowing weave pattern. The horizontal and vertical louvers also serve as a form of climate control measure to improve air flow and quality as well as a sunshade device.

Japanese Zen garden by Tange Associates

The double-pane windows insulate against heat and cold up to four times more effectively than single-glazed windows and doors, which help residents lower their electric consumption in the hot, summer months.

Inside, amenity spaces are inspired by the Japanese concepts “wabi-sabi” or finding beauty in imperfection, and “miyabi,” which is defined by the expression of elegance and refinement.

“The Grand Midori Ortigas offers thoughtfully designed residential units to suit various lifestyles. Refined details, elegant simplicity and living spaces allow residents to find balance and harmony every day,” according to Federal Land executives during the launch of TGMO Tower 2.  “ “Each unit is designed to make the elements flow harmoniously, with light and airy interiors framed by expansive double-paned windows.”

Buyers can choose from a studio unit (35.5 to 38sqm), to one bedroom (48 to 64sqm), and two bedrooms (69 to 107sqm). At P270,000 per sqm., TGMO Tower 2 studio units start at around P9.5 million, the one-bedroom at P12.9 million; and the two-bedroom at P18.6 million.   

A space that adapts to you

Federal Land Product Planning and Development Department head Robie M. Belgica tells Mantle Magazine that one of the best features of Tower 2is the Flex Suites, a 64-sqm one-bedroom unit with a 30-sqm. area that can be personalized specific to the homeowner’s current needs and lifestyle.

Japanese themed lobby by Tange Associates

“It can be another bedroom, an office space, a bigger living room or dining room,” Belgica says. “The Flex Suite comes with a built-in sliding room partition, an invitation to homeowners to carve out a space to pursue their passions. New parents can create a nursery, an artist can curate a studio space or hobby room, health buffs can set up a work out area, or an employee can put up a home office fast and easy. Any room for your purpose is possible with the Flex Suite.”

To encourage a balanced life, the property also has a wide variety of amenities. There are Zen-inspired indoor and outdoor amenities such as a yoga room, a fitness gym, exercise lawn and lap pool. The game room, videoke room, pool lounge, and Jacuzzi are available for downtime after work or school.

Spaces for WFH out of your unit

One of the things that has emerged in the design of residential condominiums is that public spaces for residents now include a space for those working or studying remotely but wish to do it out of their own units from time to time.

Swimming pool amenity area designed by Tange Associates

TGMO features a lounge conducive for both. It has tables for laptops and sofas for relaxing and reading.

Children also have their own amenity set with a playroom, children’s pool and children’s play area while the Zen garden and landscaped area with lounge offer some peace and quiet.

The Grand Midori Ortigas, at Exchange Road, is conveniently located at the true mid-point of Metro Manila. It’s surrounded by the upcoming Metro Manila Subway System and Ortigas Greenway Project, providing residents convenient mobility options. It is near the new BGC-Ortigas Center Link’s Kalayaan Bridge, which links Pasig to Bonifacio Global City, efficiently cutting down travel time between both business districts.

Federal Land officers
Federal Land Product Planning and Development Department Head Robie M. Belgica, Marketing Head Jose Eliseo Bringas, Project Development Senior Manager Coney V. Mirhan, and Federal Land Sales Group Head Margarita Saenz-Resurreccion.

For inquiries, visit or email to book a private viewing at the showroom located at GF One Wilsons Square Wilson Street corner Ortigas Avenue, San Juan City.

The new lifestyle.