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Old February 5th, 2008, 04:59 AM   #1
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MANILA | Gramercy Residences | 250m | 820ft | 73 fl | Com

Project Name: Gramercy Residences at the Century City
Location: Makati City, Metro Manila
Architect: Jerde Partnership International

Height: 302 meters (subject to height increase).

Gramercy Residences to reshape Makati skyline
By Juan V. Sarmiento Jr
Philippine Daily Inquirer
01/26/2008


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MANILA, Philippines—A sky park with infinity pools, waterfalls, restaurant, and fitness center more than 36 stories above the ground is the piece de resistance of a new project of the developer of Essensa East Forbes, adjudged the best residential condo in the Philippines.

Gramercy Residences, a 65-floor building, is one of the structures that will rise at the 3.4-hectare Century City, a P40-billion project of Century City Development Corp. on Kalayaan Avenue in Makati.

CCDC, an affiliate of Century Properties Group, envisions the Gramercy Residences to be an architectural icon in the Philippines that will reshape the skyline of the country’s financial center. Its apex will be adorned with a glass beacon that will be visible from all angles of the metropolis.

CCDC has tapped an international architectural and urban planning firm to help it achieve this vision.

Jerde Partnership International is behind global landmarks such as the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Roponggi Hills in Tokyo, Universal Citywalk in Los Angeles, and Zlote Tarasy in Poland, 2006 winner of the best master-planned community.

Jerde is to Gramercy as I.M. Pei is to Essensa in Bonifacio Global City, the first-ever building to be voted by Asiaweek magazine as the best residential condo in the Philippines.

I.M. Pei is a Pritzker Prize-winning Chinese-American architect who designed the 70-story Bank of China, one of Hong Kong’s most identifiable landmarks, and the Louvre Pyramid, a large metal and glass pyramid that serves as the main entrance to the Musee de Louvre in Paris.

Place making

Based in Venice, California, the Jerde Partnership is headed by its founder Jon Adams Jerde, who pioneered “experience architecture’” and the philosophy of “place making.’”

“We hired one of the world’s best planners’’ because “we want to create a new destination, a world-class real estate project that the Philippines could be proud of,” John Victor “Jigger” R. Antonio, COO of CCDC, told print editors from Manila during a tour of Jerde projects late last year in Hong Kong.

Gramercy Residences takes its name from an exclusive park in New York City where Mark Twain played pool and JFK Jr. chased squirrels one lazy afternoon, said GP Reyes, creative director of Century Properties Inc.

Exclusivity

Gramercy is a small, fenced-in area in Manhattan accessible only to residents who are assigned keys to enter one of the last remaining private parks in the United Sates.

“It is the exclusivity, the history and the central characteristics of Gramercy Park in New York that has inspired in no small measure the first icon set to rise in Century City,” Antonio said.

Gramercy Residences will have 1,250 units that will come in flat and loft configurations. Buyers will be given six interior-design options—from a studio (26 square meters at P3 million) to a unit with three rooms (180 sq m, P20 million).

Yoga and spa center

The units will be fully furnished. “No painting and moving pains and overpriced interior design,” Reyes said.

CCDC seeks to make Gramercy a luxury high-rise boasting of features never before attempted in the industry.

The amenities include three swimming pools, cascading waterfalls, three distinct gyms, café and restaurant, yoga and Pilates room, spa and massage center.

The high-rise will also have a daycare center, THX theater, DVD library, residents’ lounge, conference room, library and book club, Internet and cable TV ready units, children’s playground, meditation garden, and wine and bar storage.

Pet walking

Other five-star services to be offered in the Gramercy include 24-hour doormen, delivery service from Century City restaurants, personal shopping and delivery services (including groceries, cleaners and pharmacies), newspaper delivery, pet walking and sitting services, technical support for computers, entertainment centers and telecommunication equipment, and extra storage space for boxes, old clothes and sports equipment.

In short, “residents will enjoy the conveniences of a city that features work, living and play facilities in one integrated environment, where everything one desires is just an elevator ride or a short walk away,’” Antonio said.

What is the target market of Gramercy? People who want to be residents in the capital city and Filipino expatriates (professionals like doctors, nurses), according to Reyes.

Asked if the credit crunch in the United States could affect sales, he said: “Filipinos in general don’t borrow what they cannot afford. So most Pinoys are not affected by the subprime crisis.’’

Reserved units

As of this month, more than 500 units had been reserved, according to Antonio.

By June 2011, the first 35 floors, including the three-story-high Skypark, shall have been finished. The 40th floor and the rest of the building are expected to be completed in 2012.

Financing will come from internally generated funds and preselling, according to Jigger.

Besides Gramercy Residences, two office buildings will rise at Century City. The office buildings will be financed through internal funds and equity from private partners, and loans, 60 percent of the land value.

Jigger said the Gramercy project would cost P5 billion and the entire Century City P30 billion to P40 billion. Excavation began last month.
BPO and KPO

Construction of the office buildings will start this year. The offices will cater to business process outsourcing (BPO) and knowledge process outsourcing (KPO, for financial consulting such as banks outsourcing analysts), according to Antonio.

A 2,000-sq-m property has been donated to the Makati City government for a school that would be a source of BPO and KPO talent.

Century Properties Group aims to make Century City the largest BPO facility in Makati.

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Excavation in progress at Gramercy Residences site

Excavation work is already 12 percent underway at the Gramercy Residences site, reports developer Century City Development Corp., an affiliate of Century Properties.

CCDC expects to complete the excavation work in June 2008, after which construction of the residential tower’s basement floors will follow.

Site excavation photos taken on January 9, 2008:










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update!

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cool! 9 more metres
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Wow.. Amazing/stunning project!!
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I think the spire would make it a supertall. haha
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Old May 12th, 2008, 03:53 PM   #7
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wonderful tower, simply love it
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Old July 30th, 2008, 12:42 PM   #9
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newest render with The Knightsbridge Residences:


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that's more like it!
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Old July 31st, 2008, 07:25 AM   #11
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they've just increased the number of floors to 68 and the height to 302 meters!

hope a mod can transfer this now to the Supertalls section
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So, we have 2 supertalls now? Great!
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yes exactly! and this one is under construction! yuhoo!
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they've just increased the number of floors to 68 and the height to 302 meters!

hope a mod can transfer this now to the Supertalls section
Okay, done. Looks like they're still doing prep work though - so I kept the status the same.
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Impressive. This project is a skyline by itself.
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Alright! Keep it coming! Two supertalls on the rise! I hope the Knightsbridge would also reach 300m. Sana...
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