arya residences coming to life

Due for completion at the end of 2015, the Arya Residences public spaces are coming to life. The canopy was designed to be a protected space from the harsh environment of Manila, a place to gather, eat, cool down and enjoy a quiet respite from the bustleing city life of Fort Bonifacio in the Philippines.

True to the original design intent, award winning developer and Green advocate, the Arthaland Corporation have pushed the boundaries where other developers may not have had the courage. Our collaborative vision, complimented by a focus on sustainability, saw the project achieve a LEED Gold certification and selected as a BERDE pilot project through the Philippine Green Building Council. The first Green Certified Residential Condominium development in the Philippines.




An Architectural Practice in Sydney – Philippine GBC Conference 2014

I was lucky enough to be invited to talk at the Philippine Green Building Conference held at the SMX Conference Centre in Pasay City 25 September.

The Philippines are at the early stages of developing their Green Rating Tool, named BERDE (Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence) and presented 2 outstanding examples of their work including the first Green Certified Government Building to pave the way for future developments in the country. The NET Lima Commercial Office Building, in Fort Bonifacio Gobal City by the NET Group, is one of the first buildings in the Philippines to achieve BERDE Certification. A sign of things to come and shows the courage of developers in the Philippines to promote Sustainable Developments. We are also looking forward to Crone’s design for the Arya Residences, developed by ArthaLand which will be the first residential building in the Philippines to achieve dual certification, both BERDE and LEED certifications in the near future.

On behalf of Crone Partners I gave a talk on “An Architecture Practice in Sydney”. It detailed Crone Partners’ extensive apartment construction experience (approximately 20,000 apartments world-wide in the last 10 years); our special knowledge of The Philippines; Our collaborative office culture, with staff from 20 different countries and a much higher percentage of women than the average firm; our collaborative art work; how this informs a fresh approach to new workplace design.

It then told the story of the design process for 180 Brisbane, a 6 Star Green Star (Green Building Council of Australia rating tool) Certified Project in Brisbane: Designing for a hot, humid climate; winning a competition with 4 other big Australian firms through the strength of our analysis; finding clever solutions for sunlight, geotechnical, layout, regulatory, structural, urban, facade, wind issues in a way that consistently fed into our design vision for open, collaborative workspaces with a sense of address and identity.

Many thanks to Eva Yazon from Austrade and Edgar V. Sabidong from the Philippine Green Building Council for looking after me while I was in the Philippines.

See below links to the Philippine Green Building Council Website and Conference Video;

Philippine Green Building Council Conference Video

Philippine Green Building Council Website

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arya residences manila

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