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While the rest of the metro is enduring one of the hottest summer seasons on record, a privileged group of residents in a high-rise condo is keeping it cool through their unique building structure. So much so that when asked how they are coping with the heat at home, all they can probably say is: "No sweat!"
Such advantage is courtesy of DMCI Homes - a builder of landmarks and one of today's leading developers known for innovative building designs that are the esteemed and unmatched in the industry. At their premier high-rise project called Tivoli Garden Residences in Mandaluyong, a new technology has been unveiled specifically to counter the stifling effects of urban living, known as the "Lumiventte advantage."
Through three-storey high openings on the front and back of the towering buildings called Sky Patios and through the breezeways located on the left and right wing of every floor, free-flowing light and air permeates around the structure, hence the moniker "Lumiventte" or natural light and ventilation.
The development's first two buildings, Bauhinia and Eugenia, are presently home to around more than 200 families, who are enjoying this first-rate feature as part of the developer's commitment to create community solutions and innovations for the market of young, urban families with modest income.
"As a tropical country found near the equator, the Philippines is subjected to the Northeast and Southeast monsoons, or the amihan and habagat, respectively," Alfredo Austria, DMCI Homes' President, explained. "Tivoli Garden Residences is taking advantage of these weather systems through the Sky Gardens, by improving airflow and providing natural ventilation for its internal common areas."
Based on the basic principles of airflow, the introduction of the Sky Gardens - which consists of 3-level Sky Patios and Central Atriums located in every 5 floors - provide channels through which air can move. The openings allow fresh air to flow in and also allow stale or hot air to be displaced and sucked out. There is also air coming from the breezeways which pass through the atriums. This induced airflow is what provides comfort to all the homeowners of Tivoli Garden Residences.
These tropical landscapes likewise contribute another function of providing an aesthetic visual relief to the otherwise drab concrete environment that characterizes typical high-rise condominium developments.
"We have always been challenged to come up with unique concepts for our projects, with the middle income families in mind. Knowing that our market is composed of people who are not used to residing in high-rise structures, we make it a point to come up with a home that would address the residents' needs for a natural home-setting in the metropolis, hence the concept of the Sky Garden," Austria related.
Aside from the Sky Gardens, adding to the tropical suburban feel are single-loaded corridors on all the floors to present more space for residents to move around. This is actually a signature concept from DMCI Homes that is common among its condominium developments, both medium-rise and high-rise. This also contradicts the typical, cramped spaces found in most condo projects as well as the "doors opening to doors" concept of typical high-rise buildings.
Open spaces are also incorporated throughout the development, composed of landscaped areas, amenities and village facilities. Presently, Tivoli Garden boasts of a Central Amenities Area at the ground level which is composed of a Grand Clubhouse with country club-like amenities, including an adult and kiddie swimming pool, game room, entertainment room, fitness gym, children's interactive play area, business center, and multi-purpose function halls. Leisure and recreation options are also found on Bauhinia's highest floor, the Sky Lounge, which presents elegant interiors for various functions, along with floor-to-ceiling glass walls that unveil stunning views of the cityscape.
Arch. Rina Soriano, DMCI Homes' Architectural Design Manager, said that more premier
amenities are set for completion this year, among them a Leisure Pool and open Activity Lawns found on the ground level across Iris Tower.
The 42-storey Iris Tower, which is the highest building to rise at Tivoli Garden as well as the rest of the DMCI Homes developments, will also feature a Leisure Deck on its podium level. This exclusive amenity will offer more amenities such as a basketball court, play and relaxation areas, and two badminton courts. The podium level will also be adorned by lush landscaping and open spaces to soften the feel of a high-rise neighborhood.
"We want our residents to look forward to the amenities that are well-distributed in every area of the development. The bountiful amenities and activities offered at Tivoli Garden Residences will likewise highlight the tropical resort lifestyle offered within this high-rise development. Despite the height of the towers, residents will not feel constricted or boxed in because of the expansive open spaces and attractive landscaping around the development," Soriano added.
And with the Lumiventte advantage offered by the Sky Gardens, residents can further enjoy this resort lifestyle that offers fair weather consistently, year-round. Aside from this ingenious benefit, residents can also maximize their Sky Patios by treating them as virtual extensions of their home, or a shared garden with their condo neighbors.
Soriano added: "The Sky Patio is actually like a big balcony where residents can lounge freely, chat with neighbors, or enjoy the views of the city. It's a refreshing amenity that inspires and instills positive vibes around the community. That is our ultimate goal - the commitment of DMCI Homes to provide beyond the need of a basic shelter."
DMCI Homes is the country's premier triple A builder-developer that brings serviced, themed communities within reach of urban families who once had limited residential options, but still aspire to achieve a comfortable, enriching quality of life proximate to their place of work.
For inquiries on Tivoli Garden Residences and other DMCI Homes projects, please call (02)324-8888 or visit the website: https://www.dmcihomes.com. Clubhouse and model units are ready for viewing.
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