Like the wheel or the oven toaster, you can only go as far in introducing changes to a high-rise building. Their forms and designs may vary but they are, at their core, essentially the same, adhering to equivalent structural principles and material components. This is the reason why real estate companies rely on the model unit and amenities to push their product. No one cares about how the building is made or what seemingly invisible solutions has been incorporated into it.
But perhaps they should. For one, the structure of the building determines the quality of the living experience of the homeowner. How the building is tilted, for instance, will dictate how it will receive direct sunlight and channel airflow. The design of the interior of the building (the number of units per floor, how the units are organized in relation to each other) will either frustrate or encourage ventilation. Any deficiency will be compensated by the homeowner by using extra energy for lighting and climate control.
For an established construction and real estate company such as DMCI Homes, the structure of the building offers the chance to foster unique solutions in order to address basic, but crucial, concerns. Perhaps the most notable among these is the Lumiventt Design Technology, seen in their latest projects such as the Tivoli Garden Residences in Mandaluyong City and Zinnia Towers in Quezon City.
Lumiventt Design Technology, DMCI Homes’ unique invention, makes the building less a monolith than an eco-system that encourages the maximum entry of light and air. This is achieved by the placement of Sky Patios which are multi-story openings placed on the side of the building that provides an escape for hot air, which is usually trapped when a building has no interior cental core. And because the hallways are single-loaded and the unit doors are not facing each other, there is more chance for cross ventilation.
Another solution is the presence of a lounge deck, which gives the homeowner the chance for recreation and relaxation. Though not unique to DMCI properties, this feature has been redefined in Iris, the fourth tower in Tivoli Garden Residences. This communal space, which boasts of 1,628 square meters and a height of 403 feet, is touted to be one of the largest and highest sky parks in Metro Manila, offering that instant escape for the homeowner once he feels cooped up in his space. Think of it as the equivalent of the leisure park in well-appointed neighborhoods.
Dubbed as the Observatory, Iris Tower’s sky park has a tropical feel and opens to a 360-degree view of the metropolis. It’s characterized with landscaped walkways, observation decks with telescopes, seating areas, tempered glass walls for that jaw-dropping sight of the city below. A bar-style clubhouse is an interesting place for conversation and quick snack. Additional amenities include a lap pool, a swimming pool and a kiddie pool.
The success of Iris, together with the other three towers (Bauhinia, Heliconia and Eugenia) has prompted DMCI Homes to add a fifth: the 42-story Hibiscus. It will only have 12 units per floor (for that extra privacy), feature a sports lounge and a sky park and of course, bear the unique imprint (Lumiventt chief among them) of being a DMCI project.