from a house to mega towers – a philippines update

A few weeks ago, Vish and I travelled to the Philippines to be part of the Austrade and the Australian Governments’, “Celebrate Australia Day” program in the Philippines. Unfortunately, we missed out on our Australia Day public holiday in Sydney, but fortunately, we were able to spend quality time with our friends in Makati.

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We visited the Arya Residences on McKinley Parkway to take some photos of our development designed in 2009. Arya is nearly complete, a twin tower, LEED Gold certified, sustainable development located in Bonifacio Global City. The site is located just 20 minutes drive from Makati…….on a good day……for those that understand what Manila traffic is all about. This is my photo of Vish taking a photo of Arya, from the roundabout at the entry to the American War Memorial site.

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Arthaland’s signature project, the Arya Residences, is highly acclaimed both in the Philippines and abroad, having won several awards at the East Asia Property Awards and the Philippine Property Awards.

We met with CASAS Architects to discuss 2 projects we are collaboratively working on in Cebu; TAFT East Gate in Central Cebu for HT Land and The Bond House (CASAS have named the house, the “Iron Man House”, which we like as well) for a private client in the Hills of Cebu.

This is a view of one of the many study models of the House. We have just finished Schematic Design and are now looking into a Design Development Phase for the interiors. You can see from the photograph the design incorporates an expansive entertainment deck and wet edge swimming pool that runs the full length of the deck. An amazing spot for a party! The house gently lands on a steep sloping site, with stunning views of the country side, a tree lined ravine and pocket glimpses of the Mactan Channel in the distance. The design promotes sustainable living with a series of Green Initiatives integral to the design including; passive solar control, natural ventilation, atrium stack effect cooling, sun shading and PVC technology.

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L1 and L2 Family External render night

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Taft East Gate is a 4 tower development in Cebu for Taft Property Venture Capital and includes residential, Commercial, Hotel and a retail shopping centre. Tower 1 documentation of the residential tower is complete. Site works have commenced and the display suite should be operational by next month. The design incorporates a “crinkle cut” facade to the towers, creating movement and drama and essential shading to the apartments. The image below was provided courtesy of CASAS Architects.

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Another major site in Makati we visited was our Garden Towers project, a Premier Grade twin tower residential condominium development for AYALA Land Premier. The 2 towers will be quite stricking on the city skyline and will reach a similar height to the towers you can see in the background of the photo below. The project features green sky lobbies, summer gardens, extensive landscape areas and a green wall at the porte corche drop-off. A quality development located in the heart of the shopping precinct in Makati, promoting a healthy lifestyle and work / live environment.

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connected with the philippines

International Experience
A Global Challenge Opportunity

Right now, the world is more connected than our ancestors dared to imagine. At CRONE, we aren’t limited by boundaries of distance, culture or dialect; in fact, we’ve found that working with new climates, lifestyles and values encourages us to expand our thinking in every aspect of what we do.

Our international experience has seen us lead projects in the Philippines, Indonesia, China, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates. Be it a major urban planning initiative, office tower, retail precinct or a residential dwelling, our designers are determined to improve the world’s cities, one building at a time. With such diversity, each project is unique and involves in-person consultations, responding creatively to local needs and the nuances of culture.

We established a presence in Manila in the 90s, undertaking a number of major master planning projects. In the last 10 years Crone have designed a number of significant Premier Grade residential towers, commercial office buildings and urban masterplan Projects in both Manila and Cebu. At the core of our design methodology is promoting a collaborative Design Process that promotes sensitivity to the environment. The Arya Residences for example achieved both a LEED Gold Star and BERDE rating and has won multiple awards in Asia.

10 – years crone have been working in the Philippines
1 – luxury house design in cebu
9 – separate projects in various stages of design and construction
17 – towers in design and construction stages in 2015
1 – master plan with 1,200,000m2 of GFA and 23 towers
10 – towers under construction in manila and cebu
6,000 – Condominium Apartments
4 – Commercial BPO office space with 180,000m2 of GFA

A chronology of work

2014+_James Bond House – Schematic Design Complete
Cebu
GFA = 1,500m2
Residential House

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2014_The Alcoves – Design Complete / Marketing Stage
Cebu
Residential Tower
GFA = 60,000m2
460 Condominiums
AYALA Land Premier

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2014_Mandani Bay Masterplan – Design Complete
Cebu
Masterplan 20 hectares
GFA = 1,200,000m2
12 stages
HT Land

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2013-2014_Megablock – Design Complete / Under Construction
Commercial office BPO x 4 towers
GFA = 180,000m2
Typical Floor GLA = 2,000m2
Tower 1 complete 2017 / 4 Towers by 2022
Filinvest Inc.

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2013_Taft East Gate – Design Complete / Under Construction
Cebu
Residential & Commercial Towers x 4
GFA = 225,000m2
4,000 Condominiums
Taft Property Venture Capital

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2013-2014_128 Nivell Hills – Design Complete / Excavation Complete
Cebu
Residential Towers x 2
GFA = 70,000m2
550 condominiums
Diamond Hiland Inc + MSY Holdings

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128 Nivel Hills

2011_Garden Towers – Design Complete / Under Construction
Makati
Residential Towers x 2
70,000m2
630 Condominiums
Ayala Land Premier

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2009-2010_Arya Residences – Design Complete / Under Construction
Fort Bonifacio Global City
Residential Towers x 2
76,000m2
640 condominiums
Construction Complete 2015
ArthaLand

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2006_One Serendra – Design Complete / Construction Complete
Fort Bonifacio Global City
Residential Towers x 2
GFA = 90,000m2
600 Condominiums
Ayala Land Premier

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arya residences – greening the fort

Crone Partners designed the boutique residential development, Arya Residences for client ArthaLand in 2010. Since then, the building has won multiple design awards, most recently for best Architectural Design, at the East Asia Property Awards 2013.

Arya Residences, is the first Green Rated residential building in the Philippines, with both LEED gold and BERDE ratings to its expanding portfolio.

Walking around the site last week, we took the opportunity to take photographs of the high-rise residential building under construction in Fort Bonifacio City. This is a shot of Tower 1, due for handover in April 2014.

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The Arya Residences is located on Mckinley Parkway, Bonifacio Global City. The site is approximately 30 minutes drive from Makati, in the Philippines. Arya is a twin tower, high rise development, with over 640 premier grade residential apartments and 500 car spaces. The project has a GFA of 76,300m2. Facilities in the development include; 24 hour concierge, retail, health club, spa, gymnasium, pool and private library. Tower 1 is currently under construction and due for completion in 2013. The Arya Residences is the flagship project, for ArthaLand Corporation and designed by Crone Partners in 2009.

The development creates a lifestyle community with the mantra “live, work and play”, providing facilities and amenities convenient to the resident, encouraging people to stay “at home”, because everything you need is there. The site is in close proximity to the High Street shopping boulevarde, schools, markets, parks and health care facilities.

The architecture is modern and responsive to the environment, with strong sustainable design initiatives. The Arya Residence is targeting both a US LEED “Gold” rating and PhilGBC BERDE Rating. Arya is the first residential building in the Philippines to apply for a dual green building certification, challenging popular culture in the Philippines.

The Arya residence recently won “Best Residential Development” in the Philippines at the 2012 South East Asia Property Awards and is being praised by local and international markets, for promoting green buildings.

You can find regular photographic updates on the buildings construction progress here;
Arya Residence

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Arya Residence topped out at 40 levels mid 2012. Recently it won best condominium in the Philippines at the 2012 South East Asia Property Awards held in Singapore. We designed the project in 2009. It is a twin tower residential project with retail, landscaped gardens and facilities including podium level cantilevered pool and health club. This photo shows tower 1 in its raw state before balcony glazing is installed and painting of the facades. Tower 1 is due for completion 2013. The architecture is modern with strong sustainable design initiatives. The Arya Residence is targeting a dual green building certification. LEED gold and PhilGBC BERDE Ratings.

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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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This photograph was taken earlier this year. Crone Partners designed the building in 2006 and the first tower was completed in 2012. A relatively long construction process by Australian standards with the first tower taking 5 years to construct. Our role was to provide Concept Master Plan and Schematic Design services for a twin tower residential project for Ayala Land Premier. The site is located in Fort Bonifacio Global City, Makati, Philippines.

It was an extremely rare blue sky day in Manila. Typically hazy with smog. Perfect for taking a photograph. Unfortunately my thumb got in the way of a really good photograph. 🙂

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