Rare gem: How Foster + Partners designed Makati’s up and coming luxury condominium

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Thanks to innovative and modern technology, architects worldwide have successfully built structures that not only stand out for physical design but embody as well the cultural aspect of the place and individuals living in them.

Norman Foster, a British-born architect known for incorporating high-technology and sustainable practices in his building designs, and his firm Foster + Partners have worked on various projects including airports, skyscrapers, museums, and residential structures in major cities around the world.

STRC, a joint venture of real estate giants SMDC and Federal Land, Inc., has tapped Foster + Partners to design The Estate Makati, a new high-rise luxury residential development along Ayala Avenue.


The creative process: Closer look at The Estate

The project, the group’s first development in the country, required Foster + Partners to conduct a topographical study of the city.

The results of the study, which included analyses of wind and rain patterns, temperatures, and sun rays, led to the overall cruciform design of the building as well as the orientation in each residential unit.

Four banks of private lifts take residents directly into the heart of their apartments, each occupying a single quadrant of the cruciform plan. The living spaces are arranged radially, ensuring that every apartment is a true corner unit with panoramic 180-degree views of the city.

Each flat at the Estate Makati features an open column-free space that boasts of double-slab technology, which conceals utilities, plumbing, and electricals. This unique building feature allows residents to completely customize the layout of their homes according to their personal preference, without having to disturb their neighbors above or below.

With an inhabited façade, every nook and cranny of the flat can be utilized, and the windows can either have a desk, day bed, lounge, or even a counter with sink.

Apart from cutting edge amenities and fixtures, the Estate Makati also boasts of sustainable and environment-friendly features. These include deep, horizontal fins, which will allow natural ventilation and shade; a highly efficient VRF air conditioning and lighting system; and high-performance double-glazed windows for a well-insulated building façade.

Just like the previous works of Foster + Partners, the soon-to-rise Estate Makati is set to make a name for itself, and will undoubtedly add to the current precious jewels of the Makati skyline.

For more information on The Estate Makati, visit www.theestatemakati.com, or email contact@theestatemakati.com.