by Anne A. Jambora, Philippine Daily Inquirer
The game changer is here. Century Properties Group, the real-estate company behind some of the most exciting and revolutionary developments seen on Philippine soil—Gramercy Residences (a hyperamenitized and fully serviced luxury residence), Azure Urban Resort Residences (featuring the country’s first man-made beach and beach club designed by Paris Hilton), Acqua Livingstone interior design by MISSONIHOME, Acqua Iguazu yoo inspired by Philippe Starck, the Milano Residences interior design by Versace Home, Trump Tower Philippines, Century Spire by architect Daniel Libeskind and interior design by Armani/Casa—is once again poised to change the industry, this time with its first tourism-oriented development featuring modern designer homes and world-class amenities set against lush surroundings.
With over 30 years of experience in the Philippine real-estate industry, Century Properties Group presents its most ingenious, avant-garde project yet—Batulao Artscapes, a 142-ha project dubbed as the world’s first “livable art park,” and for very good reasons.
Featuring Revolution Precrafted designer homes, themselves intriguing works of art, the development will have an art park and four museums designed by Pritzker Prize awardwinning architects.
Batulao Artscapes will attract active retirees with its relatively cool climate and state-of-the-art amenities—there’s a man-made beach, lake and floating chapel, a sports and kids park, among many others—and proximity to Metro Manila’s financial district. It’s only a 1.5 to 2-hour drive from Makati via four access points: through Daang Hari Road toward the scenic Nasugbu-Kaybiang Tunnel, the Star Tollway to Tanauan Exit, the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), and Cavite Expressway (Cavitex).
(Once the 49-km Cavite-Tagaytay-Batangas Expressway or CTBEX is built, travel time to nearby Tagaytay City will only take less than an hour, as announced by the tollways unit of Metro Pacific Investments Corp. Construction of the proposed CTBEX is expected to start by the 1st half of 2019.)
Live surrounded by wonderful works of art, as the bustling community will also feature museums by these design masters, replete with village-exclusive amenities, as well as a stunning, man-made lake and beach. The museums are a sight to behold, designed by Christian de Portzamparc for the Revolution Museum of Design and Architecture, Jean Nouvel Design for the Revolution Museum of Visual Arts, Philip Johnson Alan Ritchie Architects for the Revolution Museum of Art and Technology, and Tange Associates for the Revolution Museum of Performing Arts.
Batulao Artscapes will also have casual and formal dining options, as well as venue space for festivals and fairs. Batulao Artscapes will be a mix of the best of both nature and city conveniences by promoting a pedestrian culture and cultivating an eco-conscious, sustainable, suburban way of life.
While remaining respectful of the natural terrain, the concept of this neo-residential community is based on four core components: Active, Meditative, Festive, and Creative individuals.
Active is represented in sports and outdoor activities—there are bike and hike trails, a man-made beach for swimming, a sports park, and “artventure” park; Meditative is for the spa, health, and wellness facilities, with a man-made lake for kayaking and boating, a clubhouse for yoga and a spa, and lots of open parks.
Festive is for the food concepts, festivities and themed celebrations, with the Flavor Park for fresh F&B concepts, Artventure Park Green House Pavilion, the Revolution Museum for Performing Arts, and a floating chapel; and Creative is for featuring art and design in all designer homes, art park with designer pavilions, and the four museums.
With its pedestrian-friendly culture, world-class amenities, and proximity to Metro Manila’s financial district, Batulao Artscapes aims to attract active retirees and become the vacation destination of a vibrant, active retirement community, or foreign retiree members 35 years old and above who wish to retire and live in the Philippines.
With this in mind, Batulao Artscapes will have Centuria Medical Urgent Care with Ambulance, a dedicated medical facility for urgent health needs; a transport hub to assist in transportation in and out of Batulao Artscapes, lay-by for bus stops, and roving e-jeeps within the development; dormitories to accommodate household staff for an overnight stay or longer; and Siglo Suites, premium hospitality and leasing management services for clients who wish to enroll their units for leasing.
Even more good news, Batulao Artscapes can assist foreign nationals and/or former Filipino citizens in their application for a Special Resident Retiree’s Visa with the Philippine Retirement Authority. The SRRV comes with additional benefits, including medical insurance for a set period of time.
Imagine owning a home designed by some of the world’s most eminent architects and award-winning firms and design collectives, such as Philip Johnson Alan Ritchie Architects, Marmol Radziner with Kravitz Design, Libeskind Design, Jean Nouvel, Paulo Mendes de Rocha, Daphne Guinness, and many more. Even the Dutch product and interior designer Marcel Wanders, who achieved international recognition with his Knotted Chair in 1996, designed his first home for Revolution Precrafted and it can be yours in Batulao Artscapes.
Notable Filipino architecture and design names Kenneth Cobonpue, Budji Layug and Royal Pineda through Budji+Royal Architecture + Design, and Eduardo Calma are also featuring their designer homes here.
Batulao Artscapes is set to be a cultural landmark in Southeast Asia, offering a mix of sports and art parks by fostering a design-driven community in an expansive natural landscape.
These structures will be built using a combination of conventional construction methods and prefabrication, and will offer different sizes and specifications in order to meet individual tastes and preferences.
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