Parqal: Reimagining Urban Steet Life in Aseana City

Parks and open spaces largely contribute to the physical and aesthetic feature of a city. These areas further serve a broader purpose in providing recreational opportunities to its citizens, drive local businesses in the community and increase property values. However, with the rapid urbanization and poor urban planning in the metro, Filipinos are stripped off of these urban neighborhood benefits – one which D.M. Wenceslao and Associates, Inc. (PSE: DMW) is aiming to address through its mixed-used project in Aseana City dubbed as Parqal.

Your outdoor next door

Reimagining the local street park experience into an integrated urban street living with modern conveniences, Parqal is set to become the ideal model of a community-focused development. “Everything is in Parqal. This mixed-used development has offices, retail, al fresco dining, wellness shops, green open spaces and highlights an impressive 300-meter long canopy that allows our citizens to walk with ease from major focal points in Aseana City in a climate protected environment.”, shared Buds Wenceslao, CEO of DMW.

As interesting as its name that was derived from the words Park and Kalye, Parqal’s architectural expression for all its nine buildings highlights the architectural design of the Filipino-Spanish home with its modernized take on the “Bahay-Na-Bato.” Each building is also named according to the materials used in building the original Filipino abode developed during the Spanish colonial era. Imagine having a leisure stroll or taking a mid-day break while being charmed by this historically and culturally inspired architecture. The development was thoughtfully designed by AEDAS, an international architecture and design firm in collaboration with local architecture heavyweight, Visionarch.

From one milestone to another

Amidst the challenges brought by the pandemic and with the year ending, DMW recently celebrated Parqal’s topping off ceremony and shortly after, received the 5-Star BERDE Certification from Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC) for its first phase. BERDE is a green building certification recognized by the national government under the Department of Energy given to a development that adheres to ecologically sound principles for its design, construction, maintenance, and building operations. Among Parqal’s green building features are energy and water consumption efficiency, placement of drought-resistant plants, usage of treated wastewater, bicycle facilities, convenient access to public transit and services, and installation of artworks from local Filipino artists.

With the increase in population comes the demand of sustainable urbanization. Revitalizing the urban city living experience through the establishment of green developments such as Parqal will not just drive business and tourism in the community moreover provide a safe space for the residents in a pandemic-stricken era.

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