Pritzker Prize Winning British Architecture Firm Designs Luxury Digs in Makati's Ayala Avenue
In every major city you’ll have ‘that Address’, the one that’s the most posh, the most highly-regarded, and most coveted by the ones who ‘belong’ ̶ STRC’s The Estate Makati is out to become that very thing when it comes to residential condominiums
STRC is quite simply the joint venture of the Sy and Ty families to put up what stands to be the most ultra-luxury residential condominium of Metro Manila. Located on the last empty lot of the residential section of Ayala Avenue, Makati; you could accuse me of being facetious for referring to STRC and The Estate with ‘quite simply’, for that’s like calling a Rolls Royce or a Ferrari, ‘quite simply a car’. By joining forces for this development, the two families are out to make this address, The Estate Makati, the nonpareil.
To make this happen, they’ve tapped Foster +
Partners of London, the globally-renowned architecture and integrated design
firm headed by Lord Norman Foster. In 1999, Sir Norman was awarded the Pritzker
Architecture Prize, often referred to as the Nobel Prize of Architecture. And
in 2007, for his work on the University of Technology Petronas n Malaysia,
Foster was given the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. He’s also received the
Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Tall Buildings
& Urban Habitat.
The 30 St Mary Axe known as the Gherkin in London, the Apple Park ‘campus’ in Cupertino, California, the HSBC Building in Hong Kong, the new Wembley Stadium, the Hong Kong International Airport - these are just some of the structures and landmarks that Foster + Partners have their name attached to. And now, for the very first time, a building here in Manila will be designed by the Foster firm.
Co-Chairmen Henry Sy Jr. and Alfred Ty introduced the Estate before dinner was served. They kept it short and sweet with the speeches, as the crowd assembled knew what the joint venture was all about. If Ayala Avenue in decades past was like our version of Park Avenue in Manhattan, The Estate would soon be rising on the very last vacant piece of real estate along that Avenue.
There definitely will be something very singular and special about The Estate; and it’s price points alone guarantee that eventually, it will house a very unique community.