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Architecture inspired by Nature

Batulao Artscapes is an expansive artventure community – a livable art park with designer homes and world-class vacation amenities.

Architecture inspired by Nature

Albert Einstein once said, “Look deeper into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”

Today, more and more architects are taking inspiration from nature in developing their designs. Biomimetic architecture is a multi-disciplinary approach to sustainable design that seeks solutions through an in-depth understanding of the principles behind the natural world. Some would even argue that using nature-based design is like tapping into a research and development laboratory with 3.8 billion years of experience. Through advanced construction technologies, architects and engineers can now replicate complex forms and systems that are typically only found in nature.

Here are some of the most famous buildings in the world that were inspired by nature:

La Sagrada Familia (Barcelona, Spain)
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1. La Sagrada Familia (Barcelona, Spain)

The late Antoni Gaudi’s masterpiece is still under construction to this day and yet already considered as one of the most famous buildings in the world, with a portion declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But did you know that its towering columns and vaulted ceilings were inspired by the forest? Stained-glass windows where sunlight seeps in further enhance the experience of walking through a forest canopy.

The Gherkin (London, England)
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2. The Gherkin (London, England)

Though nicknamed The Gherkin (after the vegetable), 30 St. Mary Axe in Central London actually takes its shape from the Venus flower basket sea sponge. With an efficient air ventilation system based on how sea sponges and anemones filter water, The Gherkin requires less energy to cool the building and is considered as one of the first environmentally-sustainable buildings in the UK.

Taipei 101 (Taipei, Taiwan)
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3. Taipei 101 (Taipei, Taiwan)

While the name of the once-tallest building in the world was taken from the actual number of its storeys, the architecture of Taipei 101 was derived from the image of a bamboo stalk. With eight stacked segments covered in green glass, the building is not only green on the outside, but on the inside as well. Today, the building uses 30% less energy and saves 10% on electricity and water consumption. It currently holds the title of the tallest and largest green building in the world, receiving a LEED Platinum certification in 2011.

Bird’s Nest (Beijing, China)
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4. Bird’s Nest (Beijing, China)

Built for the 2008 Summer Olympics, the Beijing National Stadium features a series of overlapping steel trusses which protects a bowl-shaped stadium inside. A translucent membrane fills up the space between these two elements, reminiscent of an actual bird’s nest where birds fill the empty spaces. This creates the illusion of a seemingly porous and lightweight structure, despite being able to hold events for almost 100,000 people at one time.

Green is in

Today, nature-based architecture is not only used for major buildings and structures but also in developing homes. Here in the Philippines, one can live in a home built on the principles of nature-inspired design through the Hedera Home at Batulao Artscapes in Batangas. The Hedera Home is designed by multi-awarded furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue, known for using nature and traditional crafts in creating innovative, modern pieces. The Hedera Home lets nature take an active role in “designing” the home through ivy walls that cover the exterior of the two-bedroom duplex, turning the artificial structure into a lush and organic-looking abode. This not only serves an aesthetic purpose but also cools the home and purifies the air.

More than living close to nature, the Hedera Home allows you to work with nature in creating the home of your dreams.

Experience living in your very own Hedera Home at Batulao Artscapes, located south of Metro Manila in Barangay Kaylaway, Nasugbu Batangas, along the Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway. Visit www.batulaoartscapes.com or click here to learn more about the world’s first livable art park!

 

 

 

Alternative Routes to the South You Might Want to Explore

When urbanites in Metro Manila think about a weekend escape south of the sweltering, busy metropolis, a few classic getaways come to mind. The refreshing hillside town of Tagaytay.  The charming Taal Volcano and its surrounding lake. The golden beaches of Tali and Nasugbu. These are just some of the top places that define a southern escape.

There’s one other place that’s often overlooked: Batulao – a pleasant, hilly stretch of land whose famed peak, Mount Batulao, is a gateway for climbing, hiking, and biking trips. Batulao offers an enjoyable outdoor experience for nature lovers and is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of Metro Manila. Its grassy hills, elegantly contoured landscapes, and breathtaking views are great rewards for those who enjoy trekking off the beaten path and exploring the great outdoors.

It’s little wonder then, that Century Properties has chosen Batulao as the venue for its major vacation-residential development. The remarkably beautiful natural features of Batulao make for an interesting setting for Batulao Artscapes, described as a “livable art and adventure park.”

Sound like your cup of tea? Batulao Artscapes offers a wide range of designer homes in various sizes and styles, as well as a host of facilities and amenities, including a man-made lake and beach, restaurants and retail choices, an art park, museums, a sports center, jogging trail, and open spaces for kids.

 

How to get there

That said, it’s not enough to just know how cool this place will be. The next question is – how do you get there?

Batulao is literally sandwiched between Tagaytay and Nasugbu, around 80 kilometers south of Metro Manila. As an in-between location, it is ideal for residents who can turn one way to get to the cool vistas of Tagaytay, or another to experience the warm and welcoming beach. Both are roughly a 20-minute drive from Batulao Artscapes.

Getting there from Metro Manila is not rocket science. At present, there are four main routes going to Batulao you might want to explore:

  • Via DAANG HARI (the scenic route)
  • Cavite to Ternate to Nasugbu-Kaybiang Tunnel going to Batulao
  • Via STAR TOLL (the eastern route)
  • Tanauan Exit to Talisay-Tagaytay Road and Tagaytay-Nasugbu Road going to Batulao
  • Via SLEX (currently the fastest route)
  • Southwoods/Carmona/Santa Rosa/ Eton City Exit to Tagaytay-Nasugbu Road going to Batulao
  • Via CAVITEX (the straightest, but not necessarily the fastest)
  • Marigondon then Nasugbu-Tagaytay Road going to Batulao

 

You can even choose your route according to your mood. Wish to get there ASAP? Take the SLEX route and get to Batulao in just a couple of hours. Up for a more scenic drive? The Daang Hari route will take you through winding roads and even lets you pass through a tunnel.

 

New roads coming soon

As developments continue to progress in the cities surrounding Metro Manila, traffic in these areas is expected to build up.

As such, the government has invested in road infrastructure projects south of Metro Manila to improve accessibility from the main cities and bypass smaller road passageways. According to the DPWH plan, construction for these roads will start this 2019 and would take 2-3 years to complete:

CTBEX (Cavite-Tagaytay-Batangas Expressway Project)

This 49-km expressway is seen to cut travel time from Metro Manila to Tagaytay and Batangas. On an average day, road travel from Metro Manila to Tagaytay could take 2.5 hours. With the CTBEX in place, one can expect to reach Tagaytay in less than 1 hour from Manila. The project is expected to be completed by 2022.

NLEX-SLEX Connector Project

The thought of traversing EDSA just to reach SLEX from the end of NLEX is a commuter’s nightmare. Breaking down the boundaries between north and south seem unimaginable. With the pending completion of the  NLEX-SLEX Connector in 2021, travel time between the two major fairways will be reduced from 2 hours to just 20 minutes!

Traveling to the south will soon be a breeze. Future homeowners in Batulao Artscapes can experience a more relaxing land trip and get more quality vacation time in this expansive artventure community, especially when all these road projects are completed.

Escape for a day or a lifetime at Batulao Artscapes, located south of Metro Manila in Barangay Kaylaway, Nasugbu Batangas, along the Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway. Learn more about the amazing vision for Batulao Artscapes at www.batulaoartscapes.com

3 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Batulao Artscapes

Since it was launched in the fourth quarter of 2017, Batulao Artscapes has gained the interest and curiosity of weekend warriors and active retirees looking for an ideal community where they can build their passions. Developed by Century Properties featuring designer homes by Revolution Precrafted, Batulao Artscapes is envisioned as a design-driven community that celebrates art and adventure in an expansive natural landscape.

From its designer homes to its exceptional vacation amenities, Batulao Artscapes has emerged as a one-of-a-kind development that leaves people wanting to know more. Here are some of the things you probably didn’t know about Batulao Artscapes.

  1. 1. It’s located between the mountains and the beach.

It’s easy to get lost in your thoughts when daydreaming about spending your weekend or retirement in Batulao Artscapes – but you don’t have to be when navigating your way to the property.  This expansive artventure community can be easily found along the National Highway right after the Tagaytay mountain ridge. From there, it’s just thirty minutes away from the popular beaches of Nasugbu.

Being located between the mountain and the beach also provides Batulao Artscapes with unique terrain and elevation, fresh mountain air, and relatively cool climate all throughout the year. And with new roads being built to make travel to Batangas faster, such as the Cavite-Tagaytay-Batangas Expressway or CTBEX and the NLEX-SLEX Connector, getting to Batulao Artscapes will become even more of a joyride.

  1. 2. It’s a unique type of development.

Another unique feature of Batulao Artscapes aside from its location is the type of development. Since Batulao Artscapes is envisioned as a vacation and active retirement community, it is open to all Creative, Festive, Meditative and Active individuals, whether local or foreign. As such, ownership of a home in this one-of-a-kind community was made possible through a Condominium Certificate of Title or CCT. This allows homeowners to enjoy the space of a horizontal development at the convenience and ease of owning a condominium. Imagine a floor of a condominium is equivalent to a street; but instead of having condominium units, you have individual homes

  1. 3. It’s another first from Century Properties.

Batulao Artscapes is another first from cutting-edge real estate developer Century Properties in more ways than one. It’s one of the company’s first forays into the tourism, hospitality and leisure segment, with similar exciting developments already in the pipeline. It’s the first residential development of Century Properties in partnership with Revolution Precrafted – the property tech company responsible for delivering world-class designer homes. And it’s aptly named as the world’s first livable art park with art as the driving force of the entire development and not just an adornment or afterthought.  More than collecting art, one can truly enjoy the fine art of living at Batulao Artscapes.

With designer homes already on the rise, and the rest of the development soon on its way, there’s so much to look forward to and discover at Batulao Artscapes.

Escape for a day or a lifetime at Batulao Artscapes, located south of Metro Manila in Barangay Kaylaway, Nasugbu Batangas, along the Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway. Visit www.batulaoartscapes.com or click here to learn more about the world’s first livable art park!

 

Here Are Vacation Homes That You Can Be Proud Of

Filipinos are known to be some of the most talented and innovative people in the world. In every field, there’s bound to be a Filipino blazing a trail and making the country proud in the process. The architecture and design industry is no exception – and a new crop of talent is pushing boundaries and creating groundbreaking works that have a distinct Filipino ingenuity and creativity.

This inspired Century Properties, a proudly Filipino company, in collaboration with Revolution Precrafted, to partner with industry-leading Filipino architects and designers. This partnership created limited edition, awe-inspiring homes soon to rise in a vacation residential community aptly named Batulao Artscapes.

  • Kenneth Cobonpue
  • Eduardo Calma
  • Budji Layug and Royal Pineda for BUDJI+ROYAL Architecture+Design

Batulao Artscapes: A Haven for Filipino Ingenuity and Creativity

Dubbed as the “World’s First Livable Art Park”, Batulao Artscapes celebrates the talent of world-renowned and award-winning Filipino designers. Envisioned to be a community with a stunning collection of designer vacation homes, Batulao Artscapes is poised to be an expansive “artventure” community and a master-planned development in the heart of Batulao, Batangas. The works of these four award winning Filipino architects and designers will soon be showcased in this unique enclave – claiming their rightful place among homes and museums designed by the world’s most celebrated design minds such as Jean Nouvel (The Louvre Abu Dhabi), Kenzo Tange (Tokyo Olympic Arena), and Daphne Guinness.



Internationally-acclaimed Cebuano furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue masterfully integrates nature into his designs. The Hedera home features greenery that adds a soft touch to the façade, and blends seamlessly into Batulao’s natural foliage.



A multi-awarded architect, Eduardo Calma is known for designing luxurious homes in upscale

communities in the Philippines. Polygonal Successions take inspiration from repetitive patterns found in nature, like the leaves in plants, fractal patterns on a turtle shell or snakeskin.



BUDJI+ROYAL Architecture+Design is a collaboration between Budji Layug, Principal Designer+Chairman and Royal Pineda. Known for distinct, responsive design and practical construction methods, Budji and Royal are always challenged by creating modern interpretations of the local cultural identity, and fusing indigenous materials with artisanal methods.

Taking into account the continuous evolution of one’s lifestyle, BUDJI+ROYAL Architecture+Design created two home models that offers ease of configurability depending on the needs of the end user.

Choose Your Home

Each home offers a different feel and reflects the distinct personality and touch of the designer. From the nature-inspired walls of the Hedera home, to the modern facade of Polygonal Successions, and to the adaptability of Tranche and Facet homes, there is a design suited to one’s personality and lifestyle.

Location

Already a popular location for the urban dwellers wanting to escape the city during weekends, there’s a lot to do in this part of the Philippines. Everything is within reach from the main towns, to the beaches of Batangas, to the beautiful vista of Taal Lake, as well as delectable local restaurants. Just an hour and a half to two hours away from the metro and accessible via the Tagaytay-Nasugbu National Highway, one can take the extra mile, literally, to see a preview of this design-driven paradise.

Model Show Homes Onsite

The Batulao Artscapes sales center is open all days of the week to welcome visitors interested to talk about getting their own dream designer home.

 

Escape for a day or a lifetime! Visit www.batulaoartscapes.com or click here to learn more about the world’s first livable art park.

The Female Force Behind Batulao Artscapes’ Designer Homes

International Women’s Month in March is dedicated to celebrating women across the globe and raising the issues that they face in society. For taking on more roles than they get credit for, women are worth celebrating every day.

From occupying high seats in government, taking part in major sporting events, and running full-fledged companies, women have been leading the world to greater heights in various fields.

In architecture and design alone, two female voices have set themselves apart from the rest. Daphne Guinness and Elizabeth de Portzamparc are world-renowned international designers who have accomplished major feats with their phenomenal designs.

These women are among the notable designers brought together by Revolution Precrafted, to create an exclusive series of livable spaces in Batulao Artscapes.

Located in Nasugbu, Batangas, Batulao Artscapes through Revolution Precrafted collaborates with both local and international designers known as “Revolutionaries” to create limited edition homes in a community that celebrates art and adventure. These female Revolutionaries give us a glimpse of how artful living looks like.

Dubbed as “the most stylish woman alive,” fashion maven and beverage heiress Daphne Guinness dabbles in various artistic pursuits such as fashion, music, film and her most recent venture, architectural design.

Her namesake, Daphne Skin Home, is a “fashion house” that evokes a sense of drama and sophistication and serves as a visual testament to the British maverick’s modern yet classic taste. Pictured above, this ‘sculpture’ transforms into a house through a series of collapsible metal panels.

When closed, the house assumes the form of a metal box, and once opened, reveal doors and windows that resemble a traditional home. The metal panels’ perforations allow natural light to seep into the interiors even when the structure is closed. While at night, the light from inside the home spills out through the perforated panels, casting a beautiful glow.

French-Brazilian architect Elizabeth de Portzamparc is a coveted name in architecture and design, known for placing nature, man, and the respect of local cultures at the focal point of her works. This practice, along with a flexible and sustainable approach to architecture, have earned her multiple international awards and accolades.

The Butterfly Home reflects all the fundamental elements of her work, such as flexibility, modularity, lightness and movement. This design also makes it a multi-faceted space that could be transformed into a single-family home, resort villa, or even an amenity space.

Daphne Guinness and Elizabeth de Portzamparc are only two of the countless women who are at the forefront of future-ready design. Their clear aesthetic vision and modern sensibilities make them revolutionaries in their own right.

Enjoy the unique creations of these amazing women at pre-selling prices in Batulao Artscapes. You can trust that you won’t be living in just four corners but in a three-dimensional work of art.

Escape for a day or a lifetime at Batulao Artscapes. Visit www.batulaoartscapes.com or click here to learn more about the world’s first livable art park!

DISCLAIMER: The images and details show herein are intended for illustration purposes only. While the information is based on present plans, which have been created with great care and effort, the developers reserve the right to change any and all products, proposed project features, amenities, prices and terms without prior notice. It is then recommended that the client confirm their accuracy and subsequent changes, if any. Further, the client holds the developers free from any legal and financial claims resulting from the information contained herein.

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