CLIENT: SM Development Corporation
MARKET: Residential
SERVICES: Architecture, MEFPS
LOCATION: 2018 1000 Roxas Blvd, Malate, Manila, 1004 Metro Manila

Manila is an ever-evolving story, with each generation adding a chapter that will inspire the next. The Sands Residence is steeped in that spirit, integrating 21st century modern architecture and the archaic locale in one plane to create the city’s most compelling new residential development.

Nestled in the bay area, along the artery of Roxas Boulevard, Sands Residence’s location is the ideal vicinity for a calm sanctuary over the urban environment, especially when connected to one of the busiest thoroughfares in the Metro. Its central position offers its residents quick access to adjacent cities and even international transport links. Travelling within the Metro Manila or further afield is as simple as stepping out to your front door. Perfectly positioned adjacent Manila’s important cultural, business and shopping destination, the assemblage of contemporary and historic buildings around provides a refuge in a busy and colorful part of Manila.

Upon emerging from the historical streets of Roxas Boulevard, visitors are immersed to an entirely new lifestyle that merges aspirational and practical living at Sands Residences. The experience begins with an elegant drop-off to give residents a degree of privacy and security. Two entry ways are programmed for optimal end-user convenience and accessibility. The ground floor also provides retail shops that cater to the resident’s immediate needs. The contemporary architecture is interwoven with notable buildings of varied styles and materials, creating an environment that feels new and stands out from the surroundings. Sands Residence represents the modern Manila – a thriving community, vibrant yet connected to the local pulse. The building volume encompasses a towering 52 stories, accommodating the zoning laws and interposing the varied scales of the area. Similar to most of SMDC’s projects, Sands is strategically designed, down to its interiors, and prioritizing comfort and awe-inspiring views to accommodate to the overall pleasance of its residents. Pedestrian traffic flow is eased at every level with its two elevator cores.

The picturesque views and the unit type informed the I-shaped tower concept accented with white and gray linear motions, giving a breathtaking view from those observing on the street. Straight, sleek bands of grays and whites accentuate the towering height, creating an intricate display of smooth lines along the street wall. The inverted “L” shape in dark gray creates a focal point that treads from the ground floor to the pinnacle, completing the long view. The material transition from glass to concrete is mediated by a single bold white line that seamlessly connects the podium to the rest of the tower. These white lines permeate the rest of the tower’s façade and melds the design together. At night, strokes of light mimic the accent lines and cast a soft reflection against the waters to highlight its marvelous presence. The rigidness of the façade translates to fluid formation in the lobby and drop-off areas, where the granite-clad volume gives the illusion of the ebb and flow of the waves drifting to the banks of Manila.

The extraction of waves is enlightened throughout the common spaces, where guests and residents can experience them first hand. Sands Residence’s privileged and inimitable advantage is the breathtaking view of the Manila Bay. Indeed, there is nothing like Manila’s sunset and now residents can be captivated by its beauty in the comfort of their own home. The Sunset Viewing Platforms at the amenity floor are installed with state-of-the-art lighting.

Marrying natural materials, such as wood and granite, on its finishes, residents can unwind and appreciate the natural beauty around.

They can watch the sun rise over the city to the east and set over the serene beauty of Manila Bay to the west. A host of activities may also be enjoyed at the same floor at the gym, function rooms, lapping pools and lounges — catering to all demographics.

These amenities harness both natural and electrical lighting on the surrounding greenery to elevate the elegance of each unit, evoking a sense of escape from the modern world.

Sands Residences captures the palates of those discerning a new home that integrates elegant, refined style with mindful contemporary design and historical urban fabric. It is an edifice succeeding archaic and sleek imagination.