The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly had a major impact on the day-to-day living experiences of Filipinos. For many, staying at home for a prolonged period has raised their consciousness towards their overall health and well-being. Nowadays, living sustainably has become a priority—a movement, even—for its physical, emotional and mental health benefits.
To live sustainably is to have an environment-friendly home without compromising practicality and aesthetics—which is what ISOC Land has achieved in I-Land Residences Sucat, a pioneering “green” residential condominium community.
Architect Ric Reyes of Aidea, the design consultant of I-Land Residences Sucat, emphasizes the holistic approach to sustainable living that stems from design but involves all aspects of daily living in a vertical community.
“Throughout the different touchpoints, it is important that the spirit of sustainability is woven through from design, construction until operation of the building,” said Reyes. “It’s a balancing act because it entails considerations that sometimes need tough decisions.
Economics, function, comfort, social responsibility, aesthetics, the qualitative and quantitative aspect—all these make and complete a true sustainable design.
Among I-Land Residences Sucat’s noteworthy outdoor features and amenities are the central atrium in all towers, a jogging path, meditation area, pet park and three different types of pools, namely a kiddie pool, a wading pool and a lounge pool. Meanwhile, inside the buildings are spacious common and activity areas, such as a basketball court for sports enthusiasts.
Inside the residential units, homeowners enjoy generous and versatile living space. “You’re not limited to a certain look and feel. It’s very adaptable to any kind of design options that they want to explore should they want to keep on changing it. It also adapts along with whoever stays within that space,” said Aidea junior interior designer Francine Mariano.
In the very near future, sustainable or “green” living in the Philippines will no longer be an aspiration but a pervasive reality, thanks to progressive design principals like Aidea and responsible developers like ISOC Land who are taking clear and bold steps to shape homes that will benefit generations of Filipinos to come.
“Developers should also take on their responsibility to be enablers in shaping society,” said Aidea project architect Ryan Licup. “Part of this is being customer-centric, which means they ensure they understand their clients’ demands, including the environment in which they live. They continue to deliver effective customer care and property management solutions, providing the property’s long-term worth.”