- Posted October 26, 2010 by
Quezon City, Philippines
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SM North Edsa is one of the World's Largest Eco-Friendly Mall
- katie, CNN iReport producer
SM North Edsa is the largest mall in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia; and second largest mall in the world with area of 460,000 square meters. The amazing fact about this mall is that it has a rich history and the architectural design is based on environmental standards.
The construction of the mall began in 1985 during the political and economic turmoil in the Philippines. In a country with a countless coup de etat, many would say that construction of a mall is a suicide. But Henry Sy, the owner has always believed that someday his shopping mall would prosper. True enough… and during the 90s the expansion of his mall began until the last addition of the mall that makes it to the largest mall in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. The expansion of the mall includes City Center/Main Building, The Annex, The Block, Carpark Building, Warehouse Building and the SkyGarden. It also includes an IMAX Theatre. This additions of the mall is made of 12, 443 tons of steel, 7,668 panel of glass, 1,410,379 bags of cement and 5,341.5 gallons of paints; and the parking can fit 3,887 cars.
The Sky Garden of the mall has 100,779 plants and shrubs belonging to 55 species. Its architectural design is based on environmental standards which uses skylight, it recycles the rain water and makes use of open ventilation to conserve energy.
The waterfalls, sky dome and bowling are among the unique attractions of the mall.
The Philippines, despite of being a developing country always patronized malls because Filipinos made use of malls as social gathering for families and friends where they can relax and roam around on the different attractions of the mall.