The East Grid is a masterplan development proposal for the Diliman Property located in Quezon City’s CBD. The proposal is the winning entry for the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM) design competition to develop their Diliman property into a high-rise mixed-use development, integrating retail and office spaces. The proposal aims to develop the 5.19-hectare property into a mixed-use office development integrated with wellness and commercial elements. Its name derives from the site’s location in the East Triangle while the ‘Grid’ represents power grids representing the four companies’ work in the power sector as well as Locsin’s grid of columns. The site is located at an intersection point of QC’s thriving areas including: Diliman, Bagong Pag-asa, West Triangle, South Triangle and Pinyahan. The Diliman property is easily accessible through different public transportations along EDSA, Q. Ave and Agham road making it a strong hub and a gathering point. The East Grid aims to activate the Agham Rd.
The Locsin Grid
The East Grid Masterplan highlights journey as the tying element to the different components of the site. The journey is not only physical and spatial – the experience of exploring the East Grid, but also metaphorical. The Locsin grid is used to inform the landscape and circulation paths as a way of creating conversation between the past, the present and the future. The massing of the East Grid is a reflection of the Locsin building. The decks bridging the six towers highlight the importance of collaboration and communicate that the community is stronger together.
The landscaping of the development creates dynamic circulation paths. Copious amounts of plants and greenery are integrated not only on the ground plane but on multiple levels as well. The gradual transition of activites from active to passive can be experienced as one moves throughout the open spaces.
Sustainability is a integrated and embodied in the design of the East Grid. A wooden waffle grid was chosen to complement the timber construction of the podiums and the extension of the Locsin grid. High performance glazing on low-emissivity glass reduces glare and heat gain as well as allows the towers to blend into the sky. In addition, wind, water and energy are integrated for a holistic and forward-thinking development.