arya residence balcony manila

This photograph shows a balcony detail at Arya Residence located in Fort Bonifacio Global City in the Philippines. Arya was designed by Bob Stephenson and myself in 2009. It was wonderful to see the building under construction in August 2012 when I visited for a “topping off” celebration for tower 1 (When the tower reached its maximum height – 40 levels). The balcony is splayed and notched at the ends of the building creating a vertical line, emphasising and dramatising the height of the tower. The balcony is made of pre cast concrete panels with a paint finish. The photograph shows the pre cast panel before paint was applied and I wish we were able to convince the client this was an appropriate finish. A pre cast polished concrete panel with a white oxide mix to the cement and white stone aggregate with an exterior weather coating. Now wouldn’t that be nice?

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