by Earth Rullan of Earthlingorgeous.com
Who would have thought that there is a great place to relax, unwind and get reunited with nature at the end of the busy streets of EDSA?
Busy and traffic annoying EDSA
To the left to the left
Yup that one!
Take a walk in the park and relax at the Sky Garden!
Sky Garden is what the SM City North EDSA dubbed as the shoppers own corner of the sky and will be open for public starting Friday, May 29. The formal press introduction of the Sky Garden will be held on Monday, May 25.
The new and improved SM City North EDSA
Luscious greens and relaxing sound of waterfalls
Mushroom like roofing
A park at the heart of the busy city
Modern but simplistic architecture
Unique structures surrounded by lush greens and flowers
Manmade hill at the Sky Garden
The hill is as tall as the Sky Dome
Sky Garden is an elevated curvilinear park at the second floor of the former parking lot offering much needed green space . It buffers the mall from the busy EDSA intersection, and serves as a living, organic link between the different components of the Block, The City Center and The Annex composing the SM City North EDSA.
Entrance and exit halls connected to the mall
The main attractions of the Sky Garden are the Roof Garden, the Sky Dome, and the water features that include two bubblers, a simulated river flowing at the center and waterfalls at the edge of the second floor.
This wonderful elevated park in the city encompasses 13,000 sq meters floor area, 2,000 sq meters were dedicated for the strings of retail shops and specialty stores like cafes, grills, and dining outlets on ponds or cluster around circular pocket gardens.
Experience Al Fresco dining
Floating restaurants Persian Grill to the left and Starbucks to the right
The manmade river
The main attractions of the Sky Garden are the Roof Garden, the Sky Dome, and the water features that include two bubblers, a simulated river flowing at the center and waterfalls at the edge of the second floor. The Sky Dome is a great venue for concerts and other activities that can seat up to 1,000 people. The stage and seats are movable to cater to cater to different kinds of events. The Roof Garden has about 55 species of plants, grass and trees.
The Sky Dome
Half of the dome is see-through to save light at day time
Completing the experience will be the food and retail outlets that will give customers an al fresco dining and shopping experience. Restaurants such as La Mesa Grill, Persia Girll, Padi's Point, Ineng's BBQ, Pixie's Sinugba, and Gerry's Grill will be at the grill area. Coffee shops like Starbucks, Coffeeworks, Coffee Experience, and Curassco Express will be present too. Art's Cream Gallery, Cello's Donuts and Dips, Do Eat Cotton Candy, Ferino's Bibingka, Green Mango, Kitchen of Cakes adn Coffee, Tita Lyn's Suman, Fruits in Ice Cream, Heavenly Chocolate, Freshbar by Big Chill, Blushing Cupcakes and Chef Tony's Popstore are some of the fun specialty food stores that will be visible too.
Strings of specialty stores can be found at the Sky Garden
What's great about the Sky Garden has its own operating hours which is from 7AM to 2AM. It is an accessible hang-out place for the entire family, escalators and elevators are provided at the ground level. The ground level has a parking area and public transport terminal. The bridge way is connected to the MMDA overpass and the entire development will be connected to the combined LRT1, MRT1 and MRT7 Grand Terminal in the future.
Some other interesting pieces that can be found at The Sky Dome:
The sculptures on the next two photos were still covered with plastic as they were just installed that day we had our tour.
After lunch the structures were uncovered and this one was cute funky shapes and colors
The Sky Garden's project team includes Arquitectonica, Conceptual Architect; W.V. Conscolluela and Associates, Architect of Record; New Golden City Builders and Development Corporation, General Contractors; and D A Abcede and Associates, Project Manager.