Visions of design for the modern Filipino family

There are many factors that make a piece of architecture into something more meaningful. Security, safety, a good network of resources, and comfort, to name a few, are elements that make up the reality of a home.

At the heart of this actuality is good architecture supported by careful planning and execution. Fatima Olivares-Vital, Business Unit Head of Ovialand, Inc. shares, “Besides from aesthetic appeal, a home’s design should have a vision behind it. Each element should be focused on one thing and that is to offer an integrated environment to its residents.”

Terrazza de Sto. Tomas, a master-planned development in first-class municipality Sto. Tomas, Batangas, is guided by this credo. With 54% open spaces and 329 units set in a 5.8 hectare prime land, the property perfectly marries exclusive living with urban convenience.

Resources, business opportunities, and lifestyle options are within reach of the property’s vicinity. Most importantly, it offers a taste of exclusive premier living by being set in the heart of a peaceful and friendly community.

Olivares-Vital explains, “The strength of a property like Terrazza de Sto. Tomas is that it is built with the personal comfort of the resident in mind. That is how all homes should be built.”

Designed for the modern Filipino family

In order for a property to cater religiously to the needs of its inhabitants, every element of it should be aligned to serve a single purpose. In the case of Terrazza de Sto. Tomas, its genius architecture and design is structured to provide for the Filipino family.

Following the designs of old world Italian abodes, the master-planned development is designed to offer a one-of-a-kind residential experience that spells comfort and convenience. Italy is known for following designs of the home that incite notions of the family, with the belief that it has the power to shape the behavior and perception of its inhabitants.

Architect Melvin Patawaran, the creative mind behind the project explains, “Italian architecture is the mother of domestic building designs. We found this a fitting theme for Terraza de Sto. Tomas which values providing exclusivity and premier living to the modern Filipino family.”

Building a heritage

Architect Patawaran is not new to creating spaces that matter. A member of the Heritage Conservation Society, he is well-renowned for his work in restoring historical sites from schools to churches. He has also worked in restoring several parts of Calle Crisologo, a heritage site in Vigan City. He currently heads tropiKs Design Studio Inc. as its CEO.

For him, a heritage is something we value from the past, our identity in the present, and inspiration for the future generation. Beyond its application to cultural sites, this way of thinking is also relevant to one’s personal abode.

“Terrazza de Sto. Tomas puts emphasis on the present by providing the immediate needs of a household. At the same time, it also values the future by laying out an environment that is conducive to a family for the long run,” supports Olivares-Vital.

“Residents of the development can experience interesting road networks and parks in this exclusive community,” says Architect Patawaran about his latest project. “The houses, which also stand beside each other, also create an interesting play of volumes reminiscent of an Italian village.”

He continues, “Terrazza offers the same Italian community atmosphere complete with meandering roads, landmarks, and end roads.”

A place that can offer reprieve while keeping you connected to the world—this kind of holistic environment is what every modern Filipino family deserves.

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