Made up of characters that mean "change" and "good," the Japanese concept of Kaizen roughly translates to unceasing improvement, the continuous task of lessening defects, ultimately leading to perfection. It’s this principle that the Japan International Property Awards, or JIPA, hope to celebrate and spread to their neighboring countries.
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JIPA showcases Southeast Asia’s best developments from residential to commercial, recognizing top regional developers and their flagship projects that passed the rigid Japanese standards of excellence. The award celebrates how our neighboring countries similarly values efficiency, accuracy, and beauty.
Inaugurated last year, it featured the participation of countries like Thailand, Maldives, and the Philippines, competing in categories such as Most Iconic Development, Best High-Rise Residential Development, and Best Township. The Philippines did well in last year's event, bagging three awards: Best Green Feature Development, Best Luxury High-Rise Condominium, and Best Family-Friendly Development.
Luxury on the rise
For this year's edition, one rising property was given high praise. The Estate Makati, the first luxury high rise development of SMDC and Federal Land, Inc. won in the Best Luxury High-Rise category. It is the first landmark project of Foster + Partners in the Philippines. The renowned British architectural firm is most known for such landmark projects as the Hong Kong International Airport, the Yale School of Management in Connecticut, and the Millau Viaduct in southern France, which remains to be the tallest bridge in the world.
The Estate's cruciform design, which allows for privacy and exclusivity, was of particular note. No two units will directly face each other and double-glazed windows are angled by 10 degrees to provide shade and minimal exposure from the sun’s rays. Each “lot in the sky,” whether it’s the two-bedroom, three-bedroom or super penthouse features a unique column-free structure to provide flexible loft-like spaces which respond to the different needs of the residents. Its double slab technology utilizes less concrete and the emphasis of reinforcement is in the compression and tension zones, the decrease of the depth of the slab gives more floor-to-floor height which means more space to customize according to your preference.
More importantly, the building will have sustainable and environmentally friendly features like its deep, horizontal fins, allowing natural ventilation and shade. It will also have a highly efficient AC and lighting system which will have at least 20 percent energy savings, and high-performance glass resulting in a well-insulated building envelope.
All of these show how The Estate, and the Philippines as a whole, can blend luxurious and comfortable living with being environmentally conscious. This paves the way for other companies to follow-suit, as well as keeping the Japanese mindset of continually improving alive. —with additional notes from Adrian Soriano
For more information on The Estate Makati, visit www.theestatemakati.com, or email [email protected]