Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — British architectural firm Foster + Partners is taking its magic touch to the Philippines.
Their first development in the country, a condominium tower, is set to rise along Ayala Avenue and is every bit of modern, matching the pace of the ever-changing city skyline.
Foster + Partners is known worldwide for transforming landscapes, with their impeccable structures seen in almost every part of the world. Founded by Lord Norman Foster in the 1960s, the company is responsible for hundreds of projects, including the iconic Hong Kong International Airport, the landmark HSBC headquarters, and even the Apple Headquarters in Silicon Valley.
SMDC and Federal Land, two of the biggest real estate developers in the Philippines, are collaborating with the world-renowned design firm to build its first project in the country along Apartment Ridge Road. Called 'The Estate Makati', the new landmark will boast pioneering technologies not yet seen in any high-rise residential development here and is set to become the jewel in the Makati skyline.
As with every Foster + Partners project, the design team studied the topography of Ayala Avenue, taking note of just how the wind blows and where natural light falls for a better fit.
Each “lot in the sky” — whether it’s the two-bedroom, three-bedroom or super penthouse — is column-free and makes use of double slabs, allowing residents to customize the layout of their homes according to personal preference.
“There is not a single column in the units,” says Roland Schnizer, a partner at Foster + Partners. "You wouldn’t have columns that would interfere with or interrupt your flexible layout, allowing the resident to design and furnish it any way you want. The only limitation is your imagination."
Keeping privacy in mind, no two units will directly face each other, with some offering sweeping 270-degree views of the Ayala Avenue or Urdaneta Village from the top.
The common areas and bedrooms of all units will likewise come with white natural stone and marble finishes, while touches of grey will dot the kitchen.
Foster + Partners chose the cruciform design for the building, ensuring utmost privacy and exclusivity. Double-glazed windows are also angled by 10 degrees to provide shade, minimal exposure from the sun's rays, and privacy — all while drinking in the horizon.
The building will also boast of sustainable and environmentally-friendly features such as deep, horizontal fins for natural ventilation and shade, a highly efficient AC and lighting system with at least 20 percent in energy savings, and high-performance glass for a well-insulated building.
For more information on The Estate Makati, visit www.theestatemakati.com, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.