We’ve featured an SM mall and a Robinsons mall before and our next shopping mall is the tented SM City Baguio. In many respects, this is probably the first non-traditional SM Mall ever. It’s the first SM mall to not have air-conditioning (due to the cool Baguio air). It’s also the first SM mall to avoid the typical boxy feel of other SM malls by having balconies overlooking the city in every floor, and to feature a tent-like architecture that serves as the mall’s primary roofing. (It’s probably miserable in this mall during typhoons, because of the architecture.)
SM City Baguio opened in November 2003 and is located at the southwestern end of Baguio’s famous Session Road. The mall is on top of the highest hill in the immediate area and this give the mall-goers a majestic view of Baguio City. Burnham Park, Session Road, and the Baguio Cathedral are all easily seen from the mall’s balconies. And because of its high position, some people are saying that the mall disrupts the pine-lined Baguio City skyline.
You might say that the grandiose SM Mall of Asia has borrowed many architectural details from SM Baguio, like the open-air shops and halls.