The Stratford Residences
|The Stratford Residences|
|Type||Residential and commercial|
|Location||Kalayaan Avenue, Barangay Poblacion, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines|
|Floor count||74 aboveground, 9 underground|
|Floor area||3,504.65 square meters|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Jose Pedro Recio|
The Stratford Residences is a high-rise residential and commercial building that will rise in Makati City, Philippines. It is being developed by Picar Development, Inc., the development arm and real estate subsidiary of the AMA Group of Companies owned by Ambassador Amable R. Aguiluz V.
In 2009, BCI Asia, an expert in construction market information, named The Stratford Residences as one of the best designs for its distinct curvilinear and accordion-like design. The Stratford Residences was also in an exhibit at the viewing deck of the Eiffel Tower as a proud Philippine icon and one of the tallest buildings in the world. The building will have 74 storeys. Upon its targeted completion in 2015, it will become the tallest residential building in the country.
On 15 June 2011, Picar Development, Inc. announced its construction of a 74-storey residential condominium that will rise along Kalayaan Avenue, Barangay Poblacion, Makati City. According to its website, the condominium will have 1,136 fully furnished residential studio, two-bedroom, three-bedroom and penthouse units. The Stratford Residences takes inspiration from skyscrapers such as the Hearst Tower and One Bryant Park, both in New York City. It was later on announced that Tower 3 will house the Swiss-operated Movenpick Hotel.
The Stratford Residences will serve as the "anchor structure to the mixed-use complex," The Picar Place. It will have retail stores and other commercial structures, such as Buddha Bar which opened in 2012. The condominium is located near the Ateneo Professional Schools and Power Plant Mall.
In 2009, BCI Asia awarded The Stratford Residences the Best Design award for its distinct curvilinear design. But according to Aguiluz, its "folded facade is not just for aesthetics, it helps in capturing and maximizing the presence of natural and artificial light." The model units have been designed by Ivy and Cynthia Almario, and "feature neutral hints of steel gray, slate and white, the pad’s premium fixtures, structured proportions and minimalistic design elements convey a functional yet contemporary space..."
In order to meet the cement requirement of such a tall building, 12,000 pounds per square inch (psi) of high-strength cement will be used, which is four times than the standard 3,000 psi cement requirement. The building has also been designed to be able to withstand earthquakes.
The residents will have 24-hour concierge service, remote-controlled lighting system, Wi-Fi access on all floors, security control systems, as well as energy, ventilation and communication technology features.
The first three floors of the condominium will be allotted for commercial establishments. It will also have nine underground floors for its parking area, which will have the capacity of 700 cars.
The Stratford Residences' amenities will include a fitness center, meditation garden, lanai, adult- and kiddie-sized swimming pools, a day care center for children and a play area.  The Stratford Residences will also have a music library, a private mini-theater, and a function room.
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