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No way! I’m not sure who puts these things up but great to see 180 Brisbane in Wikipedia!


180 Brisbane on wikipedia

Garden Towers

Garden Towers is a twin tower, premium grade residential development with retail and landscaped gardens designed by Crone architects in 2012. The site is located in Makati, in the heart of the retail district in the Philippines. The project consists of residential, retail and basement carpark levels that connect to Glorietta Shopping Centre at ground and basement levels. The residential towers house 682 apartments and are 60 and 51 levels each, with a total gross floor area of 127,000sqm.

The project is a 2 stage development with Tower 1 currently under construction.

Key features of the design include;

Garden Lobby Drop Off
Main entrance begins with a lush green wall drop off
• Casual seating areas evoke a veranda/lanai feel
• Indoor garden lobby with high ceilings
• Glimpse of the development’s garden amenities beyond
• Separate concierge and ground floor lobbies for each tower

Garden Amenities
• Significant portion of the 9,010 sqm lot is dedicated to exclusive gardens that also house the development’s pool and social amenities
• Uninterrupted access to Glorietta via landscaped connections uniting the development to Palm Promenade
• Palm Promenade offers a sweep of green with shopping and dining options on both sides

Sky Gardens
• Alternating between the East and West Corners and every two floors, the sky gardens are 20 sqm areas of natural light and generous garden spaces accessible to residents on that floor


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Austrade supports Crone Partners designed Arya Residence, in Makati last month

Austrade Senior Trade Commissioner Anthony Weymouth presented; “Infrastructure, Trade Opportunities in the Asian Century”, to a packed conference in Manila last month. A section of the presentation was devoted to “Philippine Green Building Projects” and highlighted the Crone Partners designed, Arya Residence, located in Fort Bonifacio Global City, in the Philippines. The Arya Residence is targeting dual Environmental Certification, both LEED Gold and BERDE ratings. The Arya Residence, is the first residential building in the Philippines to seek dual certification and a great example, of the future of Green Buildings in the Philippines.

A PDF file link to the slides of the Austrade presentation are found below as well as notes from the slides;

Philippine Green Building Projects

GREEN is the new colour of progress

• Through the efforts of the Philippine Green Building Council (PhilGBC), the country launched our own green building rating tool called BERDE (Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence)
• Green building ratings for residential, commercial and eventually, communities will be implemented
• Consumers & developers are also becoming more environmentally aware so they invest in green technologies
• It’s not easy being GREEN but the country is getting there!

Case Study: Arya Residences

1. Arthaland is a Philippine developer wanting to build the country’s first “green” residential skyscraper.
2. Australian Architects Crone Partners from Sydney was identified as the architectural design consultant.
3. Arya Residences 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

Crone Partners
Arya Residences

4. Arya is the first residential building in the Philippines to apply for a dual green building certification – LEED and BERDE, challenging popular culture in the Philippines.
5. Now, Arthaland is looking for more ‘green’ products from Australia for their 3 upcoming projects. They used Windtech’s wind tunnel testing system and the Australian paint, Klaas Coatings.

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garden towers philippines

Garden Towers, is a twin tower residential development, located in the heart of the Makati retail district, in the Philippines. The project consists of residential, retail and basement car parking levels. The towers were designed by Crone Partners, for AYALA Land Premier, in 2012. The premium grade residential towers, are 51 and 60 levels each, with a total gross floor area of 127,000sqm. The site area is 9,000m2 and the first tower was launched late 2012. The first tower has 340 apartments in 1 bed, 2 bed, 3 bed and 4 bed configurations and at the “soft launch” in Makati, 35% of apartments were sold off the plan. Most popular to sell, have been the 2 and 3 bedroom apartments.

Special features of the design, include a garden lobby that connects the towers at the Porte Corche drop-off. An internal private garden for residents, connects the site to the Glorietta Shopping precinct and Palm Promenade dining strip. Sky gardens are located at every fourth level of the tower, providing framed vistas from corridor spaces and areas of respite for residents in a garden environment. Sun Rooms are a feature of the apartments, allowing balconies to be extensions of the living spaces, throughout the year.

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Garden Towers

Garden Towers AYALA Land Premier

ernst & young centre sydney

The Ernst & Young Centre, is a 32 Level commercial office tower and signature building on the World Square site, located on George Street, in Sydney. The tower has 68,000m2 of NLA and construction was complete in January 2005, by Brookfield Multiplex Constructions. The building achieved a 4.5 Star NABERS energy rating and is a PCA “Grade A” office building. The tower has an approximate construction cost of $270m. The Ernst & Young Centre was the result of the City’s Design Excellence Competition won by Crone Partners.

World Square is a mixed use development incorporating a retail centre, public piazza, residential and commercial uses. The World Square site was a hole in the ground for over 10 years and construction stopped in the 90’s, due to financial constraints. Re-use of the existing structure and lift core was an important consideration in the new design of the office tower. Development of the Ernst & Young tower was the catalyst for the urban renewal of the World Square District.

One of the key features of the design, is a unique glazed external stair, that forms an active circulation spine for the tenants of the building. The stair not only serves as an important egress route, but is an interconnecting stair for multiple level tenants, thus encouraging people interaction between floors. At night, the lighting to the stair provides a dramatic glow to the tower, highlighting the building on the city skyline.

Ernst & Young Centre


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180B commercial office tower brisbane

180B is a 32 level office tower located in Ann Street Brisbane. I headed the Design Team at Crone Partners for our client Daisho with the aim of developing a highly efficient, environmentally sustainable office tower. The building is targeting a 6 Star Green Star (World’s Best Practice) certification with the Green Building Council of Australia. 180B is currently at the end of Tender Documentation Stage with construction to commence early 2013. The works are due for completion July 2015.

One of the key features of the design is a large super graphic of the Brisbane River located on the north eastern facade. This will be developed using a frit pattern and low iron glass to the curtain wall system and modifications to the custom designed, twin blade sun shading devices. The super graphic allows the building to be identified from varying locations and aspects around the city.

I enjoy reading comments about the building at; http://brisbanedevelopment.com/daishos-redesigned-brisbane-river-tower/ and this site also gives further information on the project.

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