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Rockwell Center
Opening date1998 (1998)
DeveloperRockwell Land Corporation
ArchitectSkidmore, Owings & Merrill and Felino Palafox
OwnerLopez Holdings
WebsiteRockwell Land Corporation
Physical features
Major buildingsPower Plant Mall, Nestlé (Philippines) headquarters, Rizal Tower, Luna Gardens, One Rockwell East Tower, One Rockwell West Tower
StreetsJ.P. Rizal Avenue, Estrella Street, Rockwell Drive, Amapola Street, R. Palma Street
TransportBus interchange Express bus services
Rockwell Center is located in Philippines
Rockwell Center
Coordinates: 14°33′55″N 121°02′13″E / 14.5654°N 121.0370°E / 14.5654; 121.0370
Metropolitan areaMetro Manila

Rockwell Center is a high-end mixed-use neighborhood in the Poblacion area of Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines, named after James Rockwell, former President of Manila Electric Railroad and Light Company (Meralco).[1] It is a project of Rockwell Land Corporation, which is owned by the Lopez Holdings Corporation. Rockwell Center was first developed in 1998 and is being expanded since 2012. The architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) carried out the design under the direction of former design partner Larry Oltmanns,[2] while Felino Palafox and his company, Palafox Associates, became responsible for the master-planning of the complex.[3] Its centerpiece, the Power Plant Mall, opened on December 26, 2000. Rockwell Center includes office buildings, condominium towers, a professional school and a shopping mall.

Location and vicinity

View of Rockwell Center from the Pasig River at day

Rockwell Center sits on a 15.5-hectare (38-acre) lot in Poblacion, Makati previously occupied by a thermal power plant, which was operated by then Lopez-owned Manila Electric Railroad and Light Company until its closure in 1994. The lot is bounded by J.P. Rizal Avenue to the north, where it faces the Pasig River; Estrella Street to the east; Rockwell Drive and Amapola Street to the south; and R. Palma Street to the west.

Proscenium at Rockwell

Marking the expansion of Rockwell Center is The Proscenium at Rockwell, a 3.6 hectares (8.9 acres) mixed-used luxury development standing in the property formerly known as the Colgate-Palmolive (Philippines) headquarters. The complex is designed by world-renowned architect Carlos Ott.[4] The development consists of five residential towers, luxurious retail spaces, an office tower, and a Performing Arts Theater,[5][6] featuring limited and spacious units for each floor of the towers. The five residential towers are named the Kirov, Sakura, Lincoln,[7] Lorraine, and the Iconique Tower.

The development's office tower component, The 1 Proscenium Office, as well as the Rockwell Performing Arts Theater, is slated for completion in 2021.


A wider view of the Rockwell Center.
Shopping and retail
Office buildings
Residential buildings
Cultural and Entertainment buildings

See also


  1. ^ Lopez Holdings Corp. (December 9, 2010). "Milestone of Rockwell Thermal Plant". Lopez Link.
  2. ^ "A satellite city rises in the metropolis-Philippine Daily Inquirer, 18 April 200". Retrieved 29 November 2012.
  3. ^ "An Interview with Noted Architect and Urban Planner Felino Palafox Jr". Lamudi. 31 May 2017. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  4. ^ "Who is Carlos Ott and why is he the star of Rockwell's billboards?". The Philippine Star. December 2, 2012. Retrieved 19 September 2014.
  5. ^ Morales, Neil (November 1, 2013). "Rockwell allots P20 B for property projects". ABS-CBN. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  6. ^ Chee Kee, Raoul (December 2, 2012). "With Proscenium, Rockwell ups the Ante". ABS-CBN. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Rockwell introduces 3rd Proscenium tower". The Philippine Star. March 1, 2013.