Published On: Fri, Mar 21st, 2014

Int’l architects, designers add excitement to Manila’s property market

Philippine real estate developers seem to be turning towards international brand collaborations to add excitement to their developments. They were perhaps inspired by their Hong Kong and Singapore cousins who have tapped international architects and designers to work on their luxury property projects.

Working with Filipino counterparts, these architects and designers have come up with some of the most exciting modern structures in the country. There’s the majestic Zuellig building in Makati Avenue, whose façade was designed by Meinhardt Hong Kong Pte Ltd, and the SM Aura Premiere structure in Taguig, which was designed by Miami-based architectural firm Arquitectonica and Australia’s EDGE Interior Designers.

Century Properties Group, one of the Philippines’ premium real estate developers, seems to be leading the way in terms of international brand collaborations—thanks to Robbie Antonio.

Robbie Antonio heads the international collaborations of the property firm and is responsible for some of its most notable project partnerships.

Most recently, Antonio successfully sealed the partnership with Daniel Libeskind and Giorgio Armani’s Armani/Casa for the firm’s Century Spire and that with the Forbes Media Group for the region’s first Forbes Media Tower.

Prior to that, he initiated the partnerships with billionaire Donald Trump’s Trump organization, international celebrity and designer Paris Hilton, Italian design houses Versace Home and MissoniHome, and Philippe Starck and John Hitchcox for yoo inspired by Starck.

He certainly seems to know his style!

Most of these collaborative projects are located in the property firm’s master-planned community, Century City, in Kalayaan Avenue. The projects with MissoniHome (Acqua Livingstone) and yoo inspired by Starck (Acqua Iguazu) are located in the Makati-Mandaluyong area, while the Paris Hilton-designed beach club is at Azure Residences in the south of Metro Manila.

Just a few minutes’ drive away from the Antonio’s Century City and Acqua developments is Rockwell’s Proscenium building, which is being designed by another international architect—Carlos Ott.

As property continues to be the top investment for most Filipino families, we wonder how many more international architects and designers will render their creative touches to Manila’s architectural landscape. The Philippines has come a long way in terms of premium real estate. What will they be building next?

About the Author

- is an Interaction Designer with over 12 years experience building and designing websites, games and applications for clients ranging from small startups to multi-billion dollar companies. He's now a co-founder of several start-ups yet to be known in the world of social media.

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