Empress at Capitol Commons
Situated directly in front of the Capitol Commons Park, Empress is a 56-storey tower and one of the residential condominiums within the exclusive Capitol Commons residential block. Capitol Commons is master-planned to have everything you need to live, work, and play, making Empress a choice address, with having your wants and needs all within reach. Now, you can live, breathe, and take it easy in a home that can be a sanctuary you can call your own.
Empress is currently at its preselling stage. The third luxurious and high-end condo in Capitol Commons, Empress was designed with wellness and health in mind. Its color, architecture, and design were meticulously planned to create calming and relaxing common spaces that reduce stress and improve mood. Its serene green spaces make you feel one with nature even when you’re living in the heart of a bustling city. The condo features smart homes built for sustainable and balanced living. This makes it the perfect place to come home to after a long and tiring day.
Find joy in living in the heart of Pasig City’s hustle and bustle while still having a sanctuary to call your own. Foster a sense of community with residents of similar lifestyles in a tower created on the concept of well-being and living.
Stretch and grow, move and prance, rest and head. At Empress, your wellness comes first.
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Other Residences in Capitol Commons
Manila’s New Breed of Luxury Architecture
Manila architecture has come a long way from the humble bahay kubo.
As a country known for its year-round tropical climate and warm people, the Philippines has gone through various influences when it comes to its built environment. While we continue to celebrate our traditional creations and heritage treasures, we have also become haven to exemplary works of architecture.
Combining the ingenuity of foreign and local designers, several up-and-coming projects are set to redefine Metro Manila’s skyline. The following structures, developed by real estate giant Ortigas Land, will soon serve as the pinnacle of premier living in our country.
Using color, texture, and light, the Empress provides its residents a therapeutic environment.
A 56-story tower situated across the Capitol Commons Park, the Empress is the latest premier development to rise in Pasig. It is the brainchild of numerous established firms, such as Architecture International Ltd. and GF & Partners Architects. The former is a San Francisco-based design group responsible for globally celebrated projects such as the Lotte Tower in South Korea, Verona Office Towers in Italy and Xi’an Hi-Tech Business Center in China. The latter is the Philippine-based architectural firm behind the Pacific Star Building, Alabang Town Center and GT Tower International among others.
The design of the Empress is its strength. It aims to serve as an oasis amid the chaos of urban living, and it does just that by focusing on the details. It utilizes chromotherapy, or the science of promoting health through colors, by implementing a light and calming color palette in its interior spaces.
Outdoors, it harnesses the power of faura by using plants to create an enclosed, relaxing environment. Even the hardscape is well-thought-of, with a pedestrian walk in the quiet zone specially designed to stimulate acupressure points in the feet.
When it comes to each unit, the attention to detail continues. A smart living system is implemented in all residential spaces, allowing owners to carry out day-to-day tasks with minimal effort. The inclusion of a home gateway system, temperature sensor, smart light switches and motion sensors in one’s living space permits contactless control of the whole home. This system does not only make things efficient, but it also minimizes one’s risks of acquiring viruses and other pathogens.
Besides the smart technology, other features inside the home makes living in the Empress truly spectacular.
Integrated microwave cabinets, built-in shower benches, video-enabled intercoms and WiFi router cabinets are some of the additional features in each unit that show the project’s strong focus on design.
Overall, the project is ideal for those looking for a sanctuary in the middle of the metro and those who value comfort and convenience especially during today’s New Normal era. The Empress is set to become the benchmark of luxury design, giving people the best life has to offer in a lush environment.
When it comes to exclusivity, no project does it better than The Imperium. Another emerging star at the Capitol Commons, this impressive development prides itself in being able to offer lavish privacy in high-rise living. While it is set to rise at 62 stories high, each residential level accommodates only four residential units, providing residents generous space and unhampered views.
With four residential units to a floor, The Imperium sets a new standard when it comes to exclusive living.
The amenities of The Imperium also attest to its commitment to premier design, with numerous offerings providing residents various ways to relax and enjoy. Indoors, a grand lobby, high-performance fitness facility, mini-theater, daycare center and function rooms are all designed with hotel-like finishes. Outdoors, an exclusive play area, infinity edge pool, landscape garden and garden lounge/deck allow residents to bask in the sun and enjoy nature even in the middle of the city.
The Imperium is another brainchild of the design firm GF & Partners Architects Co. The project was created in consideration of feng shui requirements and sound engineering practices, further cementing its identity as an exceptional piece of architecture in our country.
Paying homage to our country’s Spanish heritage, The Galleon is another upscale project by Ortigas Land that combines luxury with comprehensive design. The development is made up of two high-rise towers, offering residential, office and commercial spaces in one premiere address.
The Galleon finds inspiration in the multi-deck, massive ship that used to brave the seas in past centuries.
Each structure is fitted with a tower spire, akin to the mast of a ship. Tower crowns curve toward the sky suggesting wind-blown sails, providing a hint of movement in the Ortigas Skyline. A two-level podium at the base represents the ship’s hull, providing communal spaces for all the users of the building. Lastly, wave-shaped grilles enclose the parking structure of the development, a nod to the gentle seas that once carried the Spanish galleons of the past.
Situated along ADB Avenue in Ortigas Center, The Galleon is strategically located near in-demand academic institutions, shopping centers and office buildings. It provides world-class amenities, with a game room, social hall, daycare, mini-theater, yoga room and outdoor pool just a few of the exclusive features residents can enjoy exclusively. The office building, meanwhile, offers generous spaces to work and pursue dreams, with the smallest inner unit starting at 75 sqm.
Both residential and office spaces incorporate sustainable features, such as wastewater management, double glazing, rainwater collection and energy-efficient utilities.
This premier project was designed by the same team behind some of Ortigas Land’s topnotch projects. The masterplanning and concept architect of the project is Architecture International Ltd. and the local architect of record is GF & Partners Architects. The Galleon is set to sail soon, are you ready to come on board and partake in its glory?
Some of Ortigas Land’s up-and-coming premier developments are situated in Capitol Commons, where future residents will have easy access to Estancia Mall and other retail centers.
A bright future in luxury living
Whether you’re looking to live or invest in real estate, premier developments offer the best value for your money. Soar ahead and discover Manila’s new breed of luxury architecture. Poised to make waves in the Philippine real estate market, these offerings from Ortigas Land are some of the best architectural works set to redefine our country’s skyline in the near future.
Luxury Projects in Demand
Higher demand for luxury projects helped push up residential property prices in the second quarter, even as the Philippines was in the midst of a pandemic and a stringent lockdown.
Based on Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ Residential Real Estate Price Index (RREPI) released Friday, nationwide residential property prices rose by 27 percent for the said period—reportedly the highest year-on-year growth rate recorded since the start of the series in 2016.
By area, residential property prices in both the National Capital Region (NCR) and in Areas Outside NCR (AONCR) registered a year-on-year growth of 34.9 percent and 18.1 percent, respectively. By category, residential property prices similarly grew across all types of dwelling, with condominium prices rising the fastest at 30.1 percent year on year.
“We were pleasantly surprised by the performance of the pre-selling residential market in Metro Manila. In the second quarter of 2020, take up reached 8,700 units compared to 8,600 units a year ago. In the first half of 2020, total sales reached close to 20,000 units, still a pretty good take up compared to 22,000 units a year ago. That’s a decent sales performance given the country, particularly Metro Manila, was under a strict lockdown during the period,” said Joey Roi Bondoc, senior manager for research at Colliers International Philippines.
“If you also look at the price segments of the more popular projects in the first half of 2020, the mid-income, upscale and luxury units covered 80 percent of total take-up in the pre-selling market, higher than the three segments’ 71 percent share in the first half of 2019… We also saw price increases for selected pre-selling luxury projects in Mandaluyong, Quezon City, Makati fringe, and Ortigas Center in the first half,” Bondoc said in a statement on Friday.
Beyond exquisite finishes, Ortigas Land projects offer the luxury of space.
Such a strong appetite for luxury projects shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Fortunately, there is no shortage of such luxury and ultra luxury projects in the Philippines, particularly in key urban districts in Metro Manila. While investors can choose from an array of such upscale offerings, only a few developers have managed to provide distinct and innovative projects that are well worth your investment.
Ortigas Land, for one, has in its portfolio a range of luxury and ultra luxury projects catering to the different upscale lifestyles of the highly affluent urban dweller. Beyond the benefits of a strategic location, capital appreciation and wealth preservation, Ortigas Land’s modern, high-tech residences also offer sustainable and healthy environments; “experiential luxury” through its impressive, well laid out amenities; privacy and exclusivity; as well as the convenience of having almost everything you need within walking distance or just a short drive from where you live.
Luxury in real estate indeed comes in many forms and Ortigas Land has aptly shown how all these can be seamlessly integrated within a single development.
Topnotch amenities offer residents a conducive place to raise their kids
Luxury of wellness
At the Empress, Ortigas Land offers the country’s first wellness real estate, where the residents’ well-being takes precedence.
Located within Capitol Commons in Pasig City, this 56-story vertical community brings exquisite finishes, groundbreaking features and smart designs that are geared towards supporting residents in achieving a holistic, well-balanced lifestyle amid the frenzy of the city.
At the Empress, you’ll have smart living features including contactless technology that has become the norm in this new normal. You’ll also see a perceptive use of colors in common areas to help stimulate positive emotional responses among residents and guests while its biophilic design, via its lush, green pocket spaces, will likely do wonders for your mental and cognitive health. One ingenious approach that Ortigas Land took was to carefully divide amenities for the quiet zone and the active zone. In this way, residents will get to fully enjoy these exceptional amenities without unnecessary intrusions.
Well-appointed units offer you a sanctuary in the middle of a dynamic city.
Luxury of convenience
That The Galleon will rise at the heart of Ortigas Center will most certainly accord its residents a most prized privilege—one that many are willing to pay a premium.
Future residents of this two-tower complex will offer a distinct kind of convenience that places you right where the action is—near large-scale shopping complexes, offices housing multinationals and local businesses alike, transport hubs, major thoroughfares and planned key infrastructure projects that will ensure ease of accessibility and connectivity.
At The Galleon, exquisite finishes and upscale amenities are already a given. In this seamless mix of posh residences, premium grade offices and commercial spaces that are just an elevator ride away from each other, future tenants and residents will get to enjoy a modern, sustainable environment where convenience trumps all other benefits and advantages—a kind of convenience needed to thrive in the new normal era.
Wake up to a stunning view of the city.
Luxury of space
One of the most luxurious residential towers to rise in Capitol Commons highlights the luxury of space amid the dense clusters of communities increasingly crowding the capital region.
With its spacious, well-appointed suites, The Imperium highlights the importance of having enough room to move about within your sanctuary. This 62-storey architectural wonder further expands your space—breathing room in the middle of the city—with its landscaped gardens, fitness facilities, recreation room, residents’ lounge, mini-theater, and stunning views of the metro and the Capital Commons Park.
All these three projects have showcased Ortigas Land’s expertise in creating upscale residences that offer luxury in so many levels, making these the ideal home for the modern and highly affluent urban dweller.
Ortigas Land’s residences evoke luxury and elegance.
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The Perks of a Premium Development
It’s a fact of life: money doesn’t always last.
Considering inflation and the uncertainty of the future, storing all your money in one place may not be the best decision. It might get lost or worse, it might lose its value over time. Your millions of cash today may just be the loose change of tomorrow. As a wiser move, why not place your money in something that will last longer?
Real estate, for instance, has always proven to be a dependable investment. More often than not, the value of properties continues to remain stable even during a recession.
This is particularly true for those that exhibit desirable features: prime location, exemplary architectural design and a trustworthy developer. Properties with such characteristics are considered the cream of the crop. While they often come with a hefty price tag, the long term returns more than make up for it.
So if you’re looking to make your money last, try looking into real estate investment. And if you’re looking to grow your investment, choose a property based on its desirable features and its unique offerings. Read on to discover why premium properties are worth a look and how they offer prime returns for life.
The Empress in Capitol Commons offers first-class amenities such as this children’s playroom
Serves needs beyond the basics
Whether in times of prosperity or poverty, man’s basic needs remain the same: food, shelter, sleep, water and breathable air. These elements are essential to the survival of any person. Investing in a business that can provide one of these essentials is usually stable. But what if you can meet all these needs and offer a lot more in terms of experiences?
Premium developments have been designed to go beyond our most basic needs. While most homes can provide the essentials, those that elevate living standards make daily lives more enjoyable. These properties go beyond the basics to offer comfort and convenience, things that may appear extravagant at first but are actually life-saving in the long run.
For example, The Galleon by Ortigas Land combines residential, office and retail spaces in one vertical community.
This development not only allows its users to have everything within their reach, it also gives them more time to enjoy life rather than spend it sitting in traffic. Its spaces are designed to provide tranquil and relaxing experiences even in the middle of a bustling city.
Located in the heart of Ortigas Center, this up-and-coming project is strategically situated near numerous schools, office buildings and BPO centers.
With its mixed-use nature and prime location, it is poised to receive a strong rental market among urban dwellers, foreign businessmen and even millennial employees. While The Galleon meets basic human needs, it has been designed to make living an enjoyable and exciting affair.
Outperforms bonds and stocks
Whenever our country hits an economic bump, many stock and bond investors become nervous. This is not usually the case with real estate investors. While the stock market can fall significantly during times of hardships, the price of property rentals aren’t as quick to drop. According to Jason Laux, adviser at the South American company Synergy Group, “Consistency of the yield is what makes real estate investments more suited for riding out a recession.”
Annual renewal of leases allow landlords to adjust rental rates based on inflation. When times are difficult, properties are often sold with better payment terms. When times are good, these same properties can sell for more than their original prices. In between, owners can rent out these spaces to gain passive income. Real estate investors can make money off their properties all year round, especially when these assets are well-designed and strategically located. While stocks and bonds are heavily affected by economic factors, properties are relatively more stable.
Moreover, properties that respond to current demands appeal to the market. To exemplify, the Empress by Ortigas Land offers contactless technology inside each unit, a feature that befits today’s standards in the new normal.
This offering allows residents to control the unit’s temperature, lighting, security and utilities via an app, thus reducing the risk of viral transmission. With such a feature that meets today’s demands, it makes the project more appealing to possible tenants, thus improving the lessor’s chances of renting out spaces even in the pandemic era.
The Galleon in Ortigas Center takes the concept of mixed-use developments to greater heights.
Provides exceptional experiences
With a luxury property, you aren’t just investing in a piece of real estate. You are enabling yourself to live a certain lifestyle that makes the most out of life. If you’re planning to rent out units, you’re actually leasing out opportunities for people to enjoy this kind of living standard.
This exceptional experience doesn’t fluctuate with our country’s economic climate. If you’re aiming for stability, premium properties set you up for life because the living standards remain constant under any economic climate.
Luxury real estate projects are the cream of the crop for a reason. They give you generous spaces, lush surroundings, first-class amenities and extraordinary security.
The Imperium at Capitol Commons, for example, provides exclusivity to its residents with its low-density design. Only four living units are accommodated per floor, thus giving each resident unparalleled views and the luxury of space. Rarely can you get a unit in the city that exceeds 100 sqm in floor area and doesn’t compromise on amenities as well. This kind of exceptional experience is a luxury in itself. Owning a piece of this property is like owning a piece of rare treasure.
Allows you to maximize your life
Whether you’re looking to grow or to enjoy your money, real estate remains a reliable and stable investment.
Even if the economy fluctuates, it is constant, with rent prices rarely changing and living experiences unvarying. Premium properties, in particular, can set you up with the best kind of living standards that will always remain attractive to those looking to meet more than their basic survival needs.
If you’re in the market at the moment looking for a premium property, consider partnering with a real estate developer that has decades’ worth of solid experience in the industry.
A partner like Ortigas Land will always give you the best kind of living standards, in the worst or best of times.
Sources: www.elegran.com, www.mansionglobal.com, www.ortigas.com.ph
Luxe Residences for the Affluent, Discerning Few
Manila remains one of the fastest growing luxury residential markets in terms of price appreciation in 2019, according to Knight Frank’s 2020 Wealth Report.
Based on the report’s Prime International Residential Index (PIRI), Manila ranked eighth, along with Berlin, as it posted a 6.5 percent increase in the prices of luxury residential property from September 2018 to September 2019. Manila was one of the 100 global prime markets assessed by Knight Frank for the 13th edition of the PIRI. Topping this list was Frankfurt, which recorded a 10.3 percent price hike in luxury residential property in 2019, followed by Lisbon (9.6 percent), Taipei (8.9 percent), Seoul (7.6 percent) and Houston (7.4 percent).
One notable feature of this report showed a growing trend, wherein high net worth property buyers and investors are starting to place importance on wellness attributes when choosing a new home. Based on the Wealth Report’s The Attitudes Survey, access to nearby green spaces was considered by the respondents to be the most important, followed by the availability of wellness facilities and the design of the property and how it contributes to their physical and mental well-being.
Other attributes cited in the survey were energy efficiency and environmental friendliness of the building; air quality around the property; quality of nearby medical facilities; and wellness amenities offered by a development.
Alasdair Pritchard of Knight Frank’s private office team pointed out that this was a burgeoning trend, noting that “young professionals are prioritizing health and well-being more than ever before. It is no longer the preserve of burnt out executives in their 40s or 50s. Young professionals such as tech millionaires are increasingly seeking a haven to retreat to for one month a year to focus on well-being.”
“Design and functionality are important whether it is courtyards, meditation rooms, resistance pools or living walls. But the reality is, it is the location and proximity to nature that are the decisive factors,” Pritchard was quoted in the report as saying.
Ortigas Land’s well-appointed units ensure residents’ comfort.
In the Philippines, seasoned property developer Ortigas Land has long recognized the growing importance of including wellness attributes in all of its upscale developments in the metro. It knows that the highly discerning market nowadays is willing to pay a premium to have access to lush open spaces, wellness amenities, and sustainable design and architecture.
Indeed, the true benchmark of premium developments today has gone beyond having well-appointed units, exquisite finishes and topnotch amenities. Homebuyers and investors now seek for safe, smart and healthy homes where they can enjoy the priceless benefits of having a well balanced, holistic lifestyle amid these challenging times.
Elegance defines Ortigas Land’s upscale residences.
The Empress, for one, is touted as the first wellness real estate in the country, comprised of premier residences proactively designed and built to support the holistic health of the residents.
This 56-story residential tower in Capitol Commons in Pasig City is a game-changing concept from Ortigas Land, as it offers smart living features including contactless technology, and integrates colors in common areas that can stimulate positive emotional responses. The Empress’ biophilic design will also allow you to commune with nature through its open spaces, lush greens and blooms, which could help reduce stress, improve cognitive function, and enhance mood.
Balance and wellness remain a central theme in the Empress as amenities were carefully divided into two areas, namely the quiet zone and the active zone, based on their function. Further ensuring that the Empress is your ideal home in the bustling metro, Ortigas Land will integrate sustainable measures that make it compliant with green building standards.
At the heart of Ortigas Center will rise The Galleon, which is poised to be the archetype community of the modern urban dweller. This two-tower complex by Ortigas Land offers the unique leverage of a mixed-use project where posh residences, premium grade offices and commercial spaces are seamlessly integrated in a modern, sustainable environment.
At The Galleon, future residents will not only get to revel in the luxury of exquisite finishes and upscale amenities, but will also get to indulge in the comfort and convenience of a central, strategic location—of being in the center of a thriving business district where practically everything is nearby, such as commercial establishments; medical, educational and religious institutions; fitness and wellness centers; mall complexes; and other offices.
The Residences at The Galleon, in particular, highlights amenities that will allow you to achieve wellness and enhance your daily urban lifestyle: a mini-theater, game room, swimming pool, gym, sauna room, as well as green open spaces that offer a much needed breathing room in the heart of a dynamic district.
Ortigas Land offers the luxury of space in all of its developments
Also rising within Capitol Commons is one of the most luxurious residential towers in this district. A highly coveted address in Pasig City, The Imperium offers spacious two- and three-bedroom units that speak of exclusivity, convenience and opulence within 62 storeys of an architectural wonder.
It’s all about elegance and luxury for The Imperium—which won Best Luxury Condo Architectural Design in 2018—with its design, circular form and trapezoidal canted windows made to lessen the need for artificial lighting, well appointed suites and exquisite finishes, as well as the stunning, relaxing views of the metro and the Capitol Commons Park.
Luxurious amenities, which include landscaped gardens, fitness facilities, recreation room, residents’ lounge and mini-theater among others, further offer the much sought opportunity to achieve balance and wellness in the city.
Ortigas Land has no doubt set the gold standard for smart, healthy and sustainable luxury residences in the metro, making it a perfect fit for the country’s discerning, affluent market.
Modern Bastions of Feng Shui
Feng shui, an ancient Chinese philosophy that promotes balance and positive energy, has a lot of fans among Filipinos.
After all, this movement isn’t all about trusting in lucky objects. More often than not, its principles focus on the harmonious arrangement of spaces and the use of complementary materials. A building that adheres to feng shui principles usually provides a comfortable atmosphere, easy circulation, and a naturally beautiful environment.
All around our country, several icons in Philippine architecture actually adhere to the principles of feng shui. Whether by accident or on purpose, these structures reflect a harmonious arrangement of spaces, which is also part of the reason why they are admired. So without further ado, here are some examples of Philippine architecture that successfully adhere to the art of feng shui.
The Mind Museum, a brainchild of Arch. Ed Calma, exemplifies the use of aluminum to encourage a creative and child-friendly environment.
The Mind Museum
A popular tourist spot in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), the Mind Museum features modern galleries and exhibits centered on science. A brainchild of the Bonifacio Art Foundation Inc., the museum was designed by Ar. Ed Calma of the architecture firm Lor Calma & Partners. It opened its doors in 2012 and has since captivated the public not only for its remarkable contents but also for its exemplary architecture.
In relation to feng shui, the building highlights the metal element with its predominant use of aluminum. As metal is often used to foster child-friendly and creative atmospheres in Chinese Geomancy, the element is only fitting for use in the Mind Museum. With metal also considered a yin or an “inward-looking” element, the building’s make puts greater emphasis on the contents of the museum. Even with its fantastic form, the design of the building reminds us that its exhibits are the main attraction. The building’s curvaceous forms encourage natural ventilation and the easy flow of visitors.
Despite its modern features, the Mind Museum blends well into the landscape, complementing the environment rather than obstructing it. While feng shui might not have been the primary concern of the designers during its planning, the Mind Museum is a good example of a structure that successfully embodies its principles.
An exclusive gated village in Makati, Forbes Park is strategically located to receive an abundant flow of energy.
Considered one of our country’s most posh villages, Forbes Park is known to cater to some of the wealthiest Filipinos. As one of the nation’s earliest gated villages, Forbes Park features the Manila Polo Club, Sanctuario de San Antonio church, and the San Antonio Plaza. While its rich history and strategic location certainly make it in-demand among the wealthy, its natural features also make it alluring for those adhering to the feng shui philosophy.
According to Master Judith Eugenio, an internationally recognized feng shui practitioner, Forbes Park is an ideal home location as it lies close to a natural body of water. As Pasig River is nearby, the area receives an abundant gush of qi and wealth. Factories, landfills, and other possible sources of pollution are far away, allowing the area to maintain a quality environment.
The ideal location of Forbes Park allows homeowners to have much access to positive energy. Master Judith says that the building interiors and positioning come after this primary consideration. Thus, residents of Forbes Park are only left with the task of encouraging the abundant flow of energy into their homes. With this kind of setting, it’s no wonder why Forbes Park continues to attract Manila’s elite.
The Viridian in Greenhills puts residents at the center of a thriving community, encouraging opportunities in work and life.
For many urban dwellers, Greenhills Center is one of Metro Manila’s go-to places when it comes to bargain buys and one-of-a-kind products. Besides the allure of shopping, however, this San Juan-based commercial complex also hosts residential buildings. According to feng shui principles, these homes are some of the best places that you can live in due to numerous opportunities of good fortune.
For example, the Viridian, a luxury residential tower situated on Connecticut St., serves as a calming oasis in the middle of the bustling city. It provides sufficient access to sun, wind and views, allowing its residents to recharge their energies at home. Located in a place that reflects much prosperity and growth, the Viridian emanates a good balance of exciting opportunities and relaxing surroundings. Developed by Ortigas Land, it exemplifies good feng shui in the city. While it has been occupied with residents since 2016, the same developer currently offers new projects that also adhere to the same principles.
One of the latest offerings from Ortigas Land, Capitol Commons further explores balance and positive qi in building design and town planning. With its scenic location in Oranbo, Pasig, the estate gives residents a wide expanse of greenery and space to move around.
Though its residential buildings are high-rise structures, there is abundant supply of natural ventilation and daylight per unit. Potential buyers can choose from four upscale towers: the Royalton, the Imperium, the Maven and the Empress.
The Empress, in particular, offers a harmonious play of nature and technology. While it integrates smart home features, it also introduces plants abundantly in its interior spaces to create a home that reduces stress, improves mood and fosters creativity. There is also a distinct division of “yin and yang” spaces. The quiet zone features a garden, a pamper room and a reading room, while the active zone features a pool, fitness center and several function halls. Overall, residents have equal access to work and play opportunities, thus setting them up for success at Capitol Commons.
Grow positively with feng shui
Whether you believe it or not, feng shui has definitely influenced the way Filipinos live. When it comes to architecture in particular, this ancient way of thinking affects site and space planning. Beyond luck and charms, feng shui actually promotes a comfortable environment and easy circulation for people.
If you think feng shui only exists in a few places in the Philippines, think again. Good design is everywhere, coinciding with the basic concepts of Chinese Geomancy and proper planning. Consider investing in a home that actively resonates with the elements of feng shui and have been built by seasoned developers. Who knows, this might just bring you closer to your aspirations and ultimate happiness.
Sources: www.ortigas.com.ph; www.themindmuseum.org; www.fastcompany.com; https://businessmirror.com.ph; Judgefloro via Wikimedia Commons
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Reaping the Benefits of a Smart, Tech-savvy Home
Two-door refrigerators fascinated us then, but all eyes are now on fridges that can send photos of what’s inside them to their owners. Light bulbs now change into any color, televisions link up to Netflix and doorbells take snapshots of people at the door.
Our need for efficiency, functionality and sustainability evolved our technologies. We don’t have flying cars—yet—but some items at home were sci-fi items just a few years ago. Obtaining the latest makes us look cool. But, with concerns like work-life balance, climate change and COVID-19 coming at us, many more advantages come with smart tech at home.
With packed schedules, it would be wise for us to work smart rather than work hard. Routines become more manageable if we can accomplish goals with less effort. That’s how online shopping and home delivery caught on. Smart homes imbibe that philosophy. Do things while relaxing in one corner. Let smart doorbells alert you to visitors. Turn devices on and off where you are. These benefits find new value amid the COVID-19 pandemic—the lesser surfaces you touch, the smaller the chances you get infected.
Connect to home
The “anytime, anywhere” proposition has been an unfailing motivation for people to avail of certain products and services. Consistency keeps us at ease. Smart home technologies afford us this. Check on your kid and elderly family members, even pets, from wherever through video monitoring. Keep harmful places off-limits with smart locks and motion detectors. Some apps and devices will allow you to talk to people at home from your phone.
Protect your investment
A home is a big investment, so we ought to protect it. Install products that prevent disasters or automatically alert us about events that can quickly turn up costly damages. A Wi-Fi connected smoke detector can help kill fire and then send out an alert. Some link up to fire departments or 911 hotlines. There are monitors that turn gadgets off when something unusual happens, such as leaks and power fluctuations. Detectors can also protect against crimes like burglary and vandalism.
Live with energy efficiency
Environmental crises make us want to live greener. Because of this, many of the newest devices in the market also promise less energy consumption and carbon footprint. Smart airconditioning and lighting consume energy more efficiently. When we leave home and forget to turn off appliances, smart technology allows us to check on them via phone—no need to drive back and burn fuel needlessly.
Work from home
COVID-19 made the work-from-home arrangement popular. That requires internet access, which not all addresses are conducive or ready for. A smart home, given the central role of the internet, is better equipped for Wi-Fi. Those who already live in one have it much easier right now, no doubt,
Get to reap all the rewards with the 56-storey Empress, the country’s first wellness lifestyle real estate offered by seasoned developer Ortigas Land. Not only does it offer topnotch security features, luxury amenities and well-balanced life, it also suits a tech-driven homeowner. It is Wi-Fi ready and USB ports in all the bedrooms. Dwellers can also take full control of their unit via a mobile app. With smart living, a software links them up to the smart plugs of the TV and kitchen appliances, smoke detector, airconditioner, lights, as well as temperature and contact sensors. Here is truly a “home smart home.”
The Rewards of Today’s Real Estate Market
With no end for the COVID-19 pandemic yet in sight, how do you see your future?
Many of us are probably afraid of what the future might bring, as commercial establishments and financial investments are seemingly on the line. We remain unsure as to when things would return to normal, or if this so-called “new normal” would successfully eliminate the virus in our midst.
Despite the uncertainty, there are those who make the most of these times to seize opportunities. While we have fallen in difficult times in the past, our nation has always managed to rise and recover. The real estate market, in particular, has always been a stable choice of investment for those looking to grow their money in the long term.
Consider some of these reasons why investing in the Philippine real estate market today can prove to be a wise decision.
The Empress at Capitol Commons features contactless technology that meets the standards of the new normal.
Housing will always be a necessity
Whatever the economic situation is in our country, people will always need a roof over their heads. You can never go wrong with investing in a human necessity. Moreover, our time in quarantine has demonstrated why living in a well-designed and strategically-located home pays in the long run.
Even in the middle of a crisis, you will always remain secure if you have a sanctuary to come home to and if you have easy access to the essentials.
Comfort and convenience have become the new essentials
The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged many designers and developers to think how their offerings would be able to respond to the new normal. Thankfully, there are those who seem to have anticipated the difficulties of daily living even in the pre-COVID era.
Luxury residences, in particular, have proven to be well-designed to rise to the challenges of the new normal. While comfort and convenience were once seen to be extravagant considerations in choosing a house, today, these factors have become the lifeline of many people living in the city. These elements have now become the essentials of potential homeowners and lessors looking to live a good life in the new normal era.
Residential towers designed with natural features will always offer comfort to homeowners.
Modern offerings respond to current needs
Many of us have made modifications in our current homes to protect ourselves from the new coronavirus. Whether it’s as simple as adding a sanitation area or as complex as creating new rooms in the house, we have all realized the importance of updating our homes to the standards of the new normal.
Thankfully, many properties being sold on the real estate market today have also updated their features to respond to the crisis. In particular, offerings from real estate giant Ortigas Land serve as excellent benchmarks in integrated community design in the new normal era.
To exemplify, the Empress Residences at Capitol Commons seem to have been made with our current situation considered. Each unit in the project comes equipped with smart home technology, allowing residents to minimize contact.
Keyless entry, smart plugs and motion sensor switches limit frequently touched surfaces in your home, lessening the chance of bacteria being spread. This kind of thoughtful design makes the project well-adapted to the new normal, even if it is still in the pre-selling stage.
Real estate remains one of the most stable investments you can make for the future.
The right partner will always be there for you
As wedding vows go, the right partner will always be there for you, in sickness and in health, for richer or poorer. Like a husband or a wife, choosing the right partner when it comes to real estate investment can prove to be the best decision that you will ever make.
With the uncertainty of the times, it’s best to go with seasoned developers who have proven time and time again that they can deliver quality results. Well-established companies, such as Ortigas Land, have numerous projects to their name which already show you what they are capable of.
If you still have doubts, don’t hesitate to consult with a real estate agent to determine your options. Despite the challenges we face today, the real estate market remains a wise investment for your future, as people will always need a place that they can call home.
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When Luxury Becomes Your Lifeline
Set to rise in front of the Capitol Commons Park, the Empress turns luxury into the new necessity
If you were hunting for a home a few months ago, you probably considered the following factors in your selection: location, amenities and cost. With the rise of the Covid-19 pandemic, however, these priorities may have taken a backseat as you realize the new essentials: comfort and convenience. Once deemed a luxury, these elements have become crucial in surviving weeks’ long confinement with your mental and physical health intact.
If you’re still planning to move homes or invest in a project right after the quarantine, consider a residence that ensures you get the best in terms of comfort and convenience. The Empress at Capitol Commons, for example, features several design elements that aim to make you feel happy to stay at home even without the quarantine. Reconsider the elements which you once saw as luxury but which now defines the new necessity. Check out what makes the Empress your ideal lifeblood in times of pandemic and of everyday life.
The therapeutic use of colors in Empress’ interiors provide a visual break from the daily grind.
Uplift mood with color
Color has long been discovered to affect our mental health and moods. With the right palette of hues, your home can turn to a relaxing haven that offers solace during your most stressful days.
The Empress takes pride in the therapeutic use of colors in its interiors. The common areas like the main lobby and the resident’s lounge are washed in neutral and light colors. These shades provide you with a blank slate that allows you to unburden your mind of the day’s worries and recharge for tomorrow. In addition, spots of green areas provide you visual breaks to help you rest your eyes during times of work at home. This is essential to ensure your mental well-being especially if you have to stay home for a while.
The Empress innovates residential design with smart home features.
Minimize contact with a smart home
Nowadays, it pays to go contactless. Reducing the need for touch has been proven to reduce our chances of being infected with viruses or bacteria. Ordinary things like doorknobs, light switches and remote controls have been noted for harboring the most of these pathogens, invisible yet deadly to us humans.
Thankfully, technology has given us a way out. With a smart home system, you can control temperature, light, humidity, air-conditioning and sound with just a touch of your cellphone’s button. This feature is one of the key design features of homes at the Empress. Contact is limited with a keyless entry through a smart door. A home gateway links your devices to an online cloud, which allows you to monitor your smoke detectors, air-conditioners, light switches, motion sensors and temperature sensors. In addition, smart plugs are provided in each unit, allowing you to enjoy television and operate kitchen appliances with minimal use of hands. With a smart home at the Empress, there’s no need to worry about death or disease by contact.
Find nature in biophilic architecture
One of the problems often encountered by urban dwellers is the lack of green spaces in the city. For those of us who are bereft of nature nowadays, that can translate to anxiety, brooding and stress. In addition, having no access to our natural surroundings can limit our attention capacity, creativity and overall connection to the world.
While located in a bustling city, the Empress at Capitol Commons recognizes this human need to be one with nature. It introduces biophilic concepts in its architectural features. By biophilic, we refer to elements which are inspired by natural processes and features. Through various scientific studies, biophilia has long been established as a necessity to improve our health, moods, energy and overall sense of well-being.
The Empress embodies the concept of “yin and yang,” which implies a balance of quiet and active spaces. The interiors take after a Japanese garden, spreading Zen vibes to residents, employees and visitors. Landscaped areas are set to fill the amenity floor, which successfully defines the active zone and space for contemplation. Most importantly, the Empress is situated right in front of the Capitol Commons Park, which offer majestic views of lush vegetation and open spaces to help you breath and settle in.
This model unit of the Empress gives us a peek on the relaxing life waiting for us in Ortigas Land’s latest venture.
Self-sustain with a strategic location
Access and proximity to essential providers such as supermarkets and restaurants are usually touted as convenience features in residential projects. In the light of global pandemic woes, however, this feature has become the saving grace of many, ensuring their security and survival.
Living at the Empress means that you are just a few steps away from Unimart and Santi’s Delicatessen, which offer grocery essential you may need on a day to day basis. The area also caters to the Estancia Mall and its expansion, ensuring that other necessities are met without need for long distance travel. Lastly, numerous cafes, restaurants and bars populate Capitol Commons and its surrounding vicinity. This ensures that you can still access a wide variety of food choices and entertainment options should you need to stay in for long periods of time.
At the Empress, convenience and comfort are treated as necessities and not just mere luxuries. These elements will help you make it through the most difficult challenges you may encounter in life, may it be a pandemic or the daily grind. Developed by established real estate giant Ortigas and Co., you can also be sure that the build and design of the building are up to world-class standards.
Don’t be ashamed to seek out the best if you know that it will help you survive and thrive in the long run. The Empress is set to rise in the city soon, and now is the right time to secure your lifeline for tomorrow.
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