Rapidly expanding broadcast firm TV5 has started the construction of its state-of-the art “Media Center” located at the corner of Reliance and Sheridan Streets in Mandaluyong City.
The facility, measuring 63,000 sq meters of office and studio space, is envisioned to become “an iconic structure symbolizing a new era of broadcast excellence and dynamism”.
TV5 currently operates and airs from various corporate offices and studios in Novaliches (Quezon City), Broadway (New Manila), Skydome (SM North EDSA), Marajo Tower (Bonifacio Global City, Taguig), and at the PLDT Locsin building (Makati).
Once the construction of the TV5 Media Center in Mandaluyong is completed, it will house some of the network’s corporate offices and production activities. The Novaliches and Broadway offices and studios will also be retained.
Present during the groundbreaking were TV5 chairman Manny V. Pangilinan, president and CEO Ray C. Espinosa, EVP and COO Roberto V. Barreiro and other TV5 top executives.
The Media Center once built will comprise of one nine-storey corporate building and two eight-storey structures of office spaces, TV production and post-production areas, radio booths, and other cutting-edge broadcast facilities.
It will house state-of-the-art broadcast studios, the Technical Operations Center (TOC), along with the latest digital technologies thus making TV5 facilities the most modern in the country.
The Media Center features a facade representing the network’s futuristic directions as well as a tribute to the achievements of ‘Broadcast Through the Ages.’ Thus, the early start of broadcast telephony is represented by some sentences of Morse Code in rhythmic bas relief marching across the front elevation of the Media Center.
It is subtly repeated in other areas of the facade both as a design unifier and a reminder of humanity’s journey from technologies of the past.
Adjacent to this is a stylized representation of radio waves which are abstracted from the science of their rigid frequencies and, in their newfound interacting chaos, appear to belong once again to the natural environment evoking thoughts of landscape, of the river. On the outer edge of the building, similar pulses are rotated through 90 degrees and reach towards the sky.
The facade centerpiece literally suggests the rise of the digital age with a giant LED screen soaring 10 storeys above street level.
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