Mandarin Square on Ongpin Street, Binondo, Manila is a 39-story high-rise residential condominium and the tallest building in Chinatown. One of the unique features of Mandarin Square is that it offers two loft-style units that have private gardens and easy access to amenities and building facilities. This high-rise residential condominium project was developed by Manila Towers Development Corporation and is accessible to commercial and recreational business establishments in Binondo. There are 284 residential units in Mandarin Square and these were turned over to the owners in 2009.
This high-rise residential condominium is also constructed on 2,350 square meters of land area and stands at a height of 149 meters. Mandarin Square is also the first high-rise residential condominium that is constructed in the area of Binondo, Manila. Just a few meters away is the predecessor of Mandarin Square which is the Lee Towers, a 33-story high-rise residential condominium as well. The residential units offered in this high-rise residential condominium are two-bedroom units and five-bedroom units.
Mandarin Square is located exactly at 777 Ongpin Street in Binondo, Manila. The area is considered as the official Chinatown all over the world and is populated mostly by Filipino-Chinese people that have various businesses in the area. This Chinatown is also the oldest Chinatown in the world as it was established in 1954. Some of the things recommended to do while in the area of Chinatown in Binondo are eating siopao; visiting the temple of Kuang Kong, the god of war; and experiencing different kinds of food especially those that are served in Chinese cuisine restaurants. In this Chinatown in Binondo, Tagalog is widely spoken as well as Mandarin. Also, most of the ancestors of the people residing in Binondo are from Fujian province so Minnan or Hokkien is predominantly used as well. English is also understood and spoken by the Filipino-Chinese people.
Also located in Binondo, near this high-rise residential condominium, are the Plaza San Lorenzo, Santo Cristo de Longos, Carvajal Street, Arranque Market, Escolta Street, Seng Guan Temple, and Binondo Church. Other nearby establishments, recreational areas, shopping centers and learning institutions are the Lorenzo Ruiz Academy, Plaza Lorenzo Ruiz, Minor Basilica of San Lorenzo Ruiz, President Grand Palace, Sky Dragon Seafood, New La Simpatica Commercial, Philippine Beng Kiam Athletic Association, Merry Angels School, Pacific Centre, Woodrich, Gospel Church of Manila, and First Hotel.
In terms of transportation, the area of Binondo where Mandarin Square is located could easily be accessed by taxi, the water bus via the Pasig River Ferry, or the LRT via the Carriedo Station. Around the vicinity of Chinatown, people usually get around by walking for short distances and taxis, jeepneys, and calesas for farther destinations.
The developer and owner behind Mandarin Square is Manila Towers Development Corporation. This high-rise residential condominium is also the third project of Anchor Land Holdings, Inc. in the Binondo area. Other members that are also responsible in the development and construction of Mandarin Square are Jose Aliling & Associates as the project manager and quantity surveyor; ASYA Design Partners as the architects; Aromin & Sy & Associates, Inc. as the structural consultant; Domingo L. Lagman Engineering as the mechanical consultant; FL Figueroa & Associates as the sanitary and fire protection consultants; Mar Alix & Partner as the electrical consultant; PGAA Creative Design as the landscape designer; and Songsong + Periquet (S & P Design Group) as the interior design consultant.
Property developer Anchor Land Holdings, Inc. has been developing other real estate projects in various parts of Metro Manila like the SoleMare Parksuites in the ASEANA Business Park in Paranaque City; One Shopping Center Mall in Baclaran; Admiral Baysuites and Admiral Hotel in Roxas Boulevard; and Anchor Skysuites and Wharton Parksuites both located in Chinatown, Binondo.
The construction of Mandarin Square started in 2007 and was completed by 2009, with the residential units being turned over to its owners. The main material used in the construction of this high-rise residential condominium is concrete and it has an architectural height of 149 meters or 489 feet. Aside from being the tallest structure in the Binondo Chinatown, Mandarin Square is also considered the 44th tallest building in the Philippines and one of the tallest in Metro Manila.
The 7th level of Mandarin Square allotted for the amenities and recreational facilties. Some of the amenities present in this high-rise residential condominium are: swimming pools, wet bar, sunken bar in the pool area, children’s playground, spa services, gym, and basketball and badminton courts. There are also 300 parking slots across six floors that have round-the-clock security. The unit choices are as follows: studio unit with balcony, two-bedroom unit, four-bedroom unit, and five-bedroom suite. In the residential units, the inclusions are painted interior and exterior walls, kitchen cabinets, bathroom closets, laminated floors, bathroom fixtures, and granite counter tops, among other things.
The centerpiece of this high-rise residential condominium is a cylindrical curtain glass window that simulates a lighted torch reaching toward the sky, a symbol of Chinese culture and tradition.