January 7, 2010

Tange Associates infuses Japanese modern design in The Grand Midori Makati

A joint venture between Federal Land and Orix Corporation Japan, The Grand Midori Makati is envisioned to present condo buyers with the “height of Zen living” in a prestigious, high-rise address. Tapped to create an impressive rendition of this project is Tange Associates – the world-renowned Japanese design firm of The Romeo Hotel in Italy, the One Raffles Place in Singapore, West Kowloon Arts and Cultural District in Hong Kong, and The Mode Gakuen Cocoon Tower in Tokyo.
For The Grand Midori Makati, Japanese modern design methods were applied to formulate spaces which can comfort and relax the individual amidst the urban milieu. This is achieved through generous spaces and elements that encourage coexistence with nature, both indoors and around the common areas of the facility.
Among the notable features of the development are the elegant porte cochere or drop-off area, as well as grand lobby and outdoor amenities, which use a consistent design intent inclined towards the Zen theme.
Another essential component, the Zen Garden, which is considered an archetypal form in traditional Japanese landscape design, will be created to introduce natural elements into an often confined space. Despite its urban setting, each area will carefully be arranged with simplified elements of nature to express abstract groves, such as rain and sunshine filtering through foliage, to imbue a sense of nature.
Residents will also find a koi pond and pocket gardens at the lobby and in virtually every residential floor in the development. The lobby design creates a metaphor of the rain that can serve as a poetic atmosphere as a refined artwork.
To embody “Midori”, which means “green” in Japanese, the development will utilize lots of plant varieties in the common spaces to exude an invigorating ambiance for the residents to appreciate in their day to day existence. At the same time, this design will create an environment which results in an ecologically sustainable building.
And here’s more: Prioritizing residents’ well-being, The Grand Midori Makati uses state-of-the-art security system starting with the issuance of Personalized Access Card Key (PACK) to unit owners. The PACK assures home owners entrance only to their floor, eliminating unauthorized access. The installation of dual close circuit cameras in all floors and in the common areas further seals The Grand Midori Makati’s emphasis on redefining luxury, style and comfort.
Tange Associates, coordinating with WV Coscolluela and Associates in implementing the architecture and design of the whole property, will also take into consideration the location of the property being in a tropical country. Though selecting suitable plant species which require minimal maintenance and are locally available proved to be a challenge, the designers said they were able to find suitable varieties that would simulate the Zen design while adding a sense of familiarity.
The Grand Midori Makati is a residential complex rising along Legazpi St., Legazpi Village in Makati City. The relaxing attributes of The Grand Midori Makati can be summed up in five key points: convenience, security, premium finishes, amenities, and expertise.
The project offers young professionals and families a whole scale of premium amenities that will cater to their urban lifestyle, including a 20-meter swimming pool, fitness center, outdoor play area, 100-meter jogging path, and commercial/service stations, all found within the podium level.
This secured, exclusive and eco-friendly development is also highly-anticipated when it turns over its first tower by 2012. By then, residents can finally enjoy living in an urban sanctuary in the heart of the city.
The Grand Midori Makati showroom is located at the ground floor of GT Tower International along Ayala Ave, Makati City. For inquiries, please call (02) 898-8842 or visit www.thegrandmidorimakati.com.ph.

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