By: Abby Rebong, The Philippine Star

With the completion of its first tower, Botanika Nature Residences is now ready to welcome the privileged few who will make this prestigious new address their home.

Botanika, a low density, upscale vertical community in the dynamic Metro South is finally ready to welcome residents as it turns over their units with the completion of its first tower. A one-of-a-kind development by Filigree, the newest luxury real estate brand in the country, the development stands as a promise fulfilled in keeping with its commitment to deliver the project on time and at best quality.

Consisting of world-class mid-rise condominium towers that offer resort inspired amenities, Botanika is designed for people with discerning tastes.

To assure utmost privacy and exclusivity, Botanika off ers a low fl oor area ratio (FAR) – the ratio of the total net fl oor area of a building to the total lot area. This means generously-sized condominium units that are tailor to fit its residents’ needs and lifestyle. Select from two-bedroom suites, threebedroom flats, three-bedroom with garden bi-level units – with sizes ranging from 123 to 343 sqm. – and grand penthouse units all offering breathtaking views and exceptional finishes.

Following the principles of bioclimatic architecture , the development harmoniously coexists with its environs, earning a registration in the Philippine Green Building Council’s BERDE (Building for Ecologically Responsible Design Excellence) certifi cation system, even as it off ers lavish details like those found in a gated village. From planning and construction down to delivery, Botanika is guided by a special consultant, Ecotektonika, in ensuring that the building’s environmental performance is in line with green building, thus forging a milestone in local real estate.

Adding to Botanika’s desirability are its fi rst-class amenities and features – at every inch, exuding a feeling of opulence and grace. From the landscaped drop-off area that brings forth a dramatic entrance, to the chic and elegant lobby that welcomes you all the way to the scenic elevators that take you to your fl oor while having a view of the amenity area at the atrium’s core. Take a dip or go on an relaxing swim in the lap pools surrounded by lush landscaping and a sun deck. Let your kids roam free in the outdoor play area with treehouses, have fun in the kiddie pool, or run around in the children’s indoor play area. Conduct important meetings at the business center that’s most conducive for productivity or just catch up on your reading. The atrium, on the other hand, has a calming water feature complemented by a 360-degree view of lush spaces.

Behind all these luxurious amenities, large unit cuts, and verdant landscapes is the building architecture itself, which was conceptualized and executed by a team of experts commissioned by Filigree to create a brand that’s a cut above the rest: LV Locsin Partners, Architecture International, AECOM Singapore, and Miaja Design Group.

Andy Locsin of Leandro V. Locsin Partners shares how they see Botanika’s amenities coming to life. “For Botanika, it’s simple. We designed it to be a resort-like environment. If you notice, the center space has a lagoon pool. It’s really meant to be a lagoon pool. The idea was for it to be an oasis within a forest,” he says.

Armando Casibang of AECOM describes the inspiration behind the design of the buildings, saying that they crafted a beautiful iconic structure inspired by a bud for Botanika. “The Botanika word itself evokes a sense of nature or a budding fl ower. That was very interesting,” he adds.

With the help of Isabelle Miaja of Singapore-based Miaja Design Group, even Botanika’s interior design is intricately planned. “With Botanika, there is a city feel in another sense because [the structure] is sharp and crisp. But, organic and beautiful classic With the completion of its fi rst tower, Botanika Nature Residences is now ready to welcome the privileged few who will make this prestigious new address their home. lines are also combined here. You have to take your time to appreciate what we have done for Botanika. Each piece pops out. These pieces do not necessarily come to you at once, but you love them when you come in and you start to appreciate everything.”

Botanika’s sought-after location within Filinvest City, Alabang – the premier garden business district in Metro South – makes a variety of establishments and services within reach: Palms Country Club for an afternoon of recreation, Festival Alabang for shopping and dining, Crimson Hotel, Asian Hospital & Medical Center, as well as private academic institutions like De La Salle Zobel, and San Beda College Alabang. The Ninoy Aquino International Airport and Makati City are a mere 15-minute drive away, both accessible by major thoroughfares to SLEX, Skyway, C5, Daanghari Road, and Alabang Zapote Road.

“We can’t wait to warmly welcome the unit owners to Botanika,” says Kate Ilagan, Head of Filigree. “Botanika is truly a masterpiece, a manifestation of everything Filigree stands for: excellence, exclusivity, and opulence. It is not likely to be replicated in the South or elsewhere.”