Foster + Partners designed The Estate Makati in a cruciform shape, thus allowing utmost privacy and exclusivity.
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Designer of Hong Kong International Airport builds landmark project in Makati
(The Philippine Star) - September 10, 2019 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Foster + Partners is known as the architectural firm behind many iconic structures around the world. This group led by renowned British architect Norman Foster, well-known for his sustainable, modern, and innovative designs, has engraved its mark in major cities, such as London with the Gherkin, New York with the Hearst Tower, and Hong Kong with the busiest airport in the world, the Hong Kong International Airport.

The said airport is considered one of the most ambitious construction projects of modern times. Characterized by a lightweight roof canopy, naturally lit spaces, and seamless weather-resilient design, this hectic airport forms a spectacular gateway to Hong Kong, in a location that can be unforgiving at times.

The cruciform design ensures every flat is a true corner unit. Photo Release

Foster + Partners was tapped by STRC, a joint venture between Federal Land, Inc. and SMDC, to design its first residential development in the Philippines – The Estate Makati. The collaboration with Foster + Partners to create this iconic luxury residential project is quite fitting, given that The Estate Makati will occupy the last parcel of prime real estate in the famed Apartment Ridge of Ayala Avenue.

Infusing the same approach with their previous works, and keeping in mind the discerning lifestyle of its future affluent homeowners, Foster + Partners designed The Estate Makati in a cruciform shape, thus allowing utmost privacy and exclusivity. The living spaces are arranged radially, which ensures every apartment is a true corner unit with panoramic 180-degree views of the city.

Residents will be transported to their home in the sky. Photo Release

Foster + Partners infused a unique combination of function and form. Each unit truly stands the test of time with its double-slab technology, providing a seamless space without columns, and offering possibilities to completely reconfigure the flat without having to disrupt the neighbors above or below.

Double-glazed windows are also angled by 10 degrees to provide shade, minimal exposure from the sun’s rays, and privacy yet still offer scenic views of the city. Photo Release

Also, common areas of The Estate Makati are meticulously designed using only the finest materials. Residents will be transported to their home in the sky from the lush driveway and grand lobby, where guests can be entertained in pocketed areas surrounded by beautiful landscaping, to expansive private lifts.

The pool and party room are just some of the thoughtfully designed amenities at The Estate Makati. Photo Release

Thoughtfully designed amenities, such as the sky garden, pool, and fitness center, are made available for residents to enjoy. A parking facility is readily equipped to address electric vehicle charging needs.

With Foster + Partners’ fusion of technological firsts and cutting-edge concepts in its overall architecture and features, it is without a doubt The Estate Makati will become an icon in fine condo living.


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