Re-affirming the success of the astute Filipino-Chinese businessmen Anchor Skysuites has been constructed in Manila’s China Town and as well as being one of the tallest buildings in the Philippines, at a height of 625.2ft, is the tallest building in any China Town district worldwide and occupies a ground space of 2,752.59 sq. meters with its 56 levels providing a total Floor Area of 109,117.49 sq. meters. The property’s design, by Albert Yu of Asya Design Partner, utilizes natural air and sunlight in order to reduce energy consumption. The development is a project by Anchor Land Holdings, Inc. who specializes in luxurious, sophisticated condominiums.
Anchor Land Holdings, Inc., which has been listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange since 2007, has become one of the Philippines fastest growing companies in the real estate business and has become known for transforming Old Manila with the modern comforts associated with condo-style living. Although the company prides itself on incorporating age-old Feng Shui principles to its projects, it also uses other upscale condos from around the world as its inspiration, culminating in projects that are both traditional, yet modern. The company raises the bar on excellence within its field and has grown a reputation for reliability, finishing its projects on, or even before time, gaining the trust of business partners and shareholders alike.
Metro Manila is the capital region of the Philippines and includes, as well as the City of Manila itself, the lager Quezon City and also the Makati Central Business District. The City of Manila itself though, with an estimated 41,515 people per square kilometer, is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. Located on the eastern shore of Manila Bay at the mouth of the Pasig River, Manila is home to one of the best harbours in the Philippines and was founded in 1571 making it one of the oldest cities in the country and is today home to 1,780,148 people.
Of the 56 levels comprising the Anchor Skysuites, 53 are above ground. The floor numbering skips levels 13, 14, 34, 44, and 54 but the total is made up by the single basement, mezzanine and ground floors. Of these, levels 8 to 56 will be comprised of residential units providing a total of 346 residences with varying numbers of bedrooms. These residential units are made of as follows:
- Two bedroom units – 82
- Three bedroom units – 101
- Four bedroom units – 101
- Five bedroom units – 40
- Bi-level, four bedroom units – 10
- Bi-level, five bedroom units -10
- Townhouse units – 2
All residential units have both metered electricity and water with electrical outlets provided included for the split type air-conditioning and water heater. The water is stored in both roof deck and below ground tanks.
When and if needed, emergency power is provided free of charge but whilst the diesel fuelled emergency generator provides 100% of emergency and essential power and 100% of lighting in common areas, it is limited to 30% in the commercial area and residences are limited to 1 receptacle for refrigerator, 1 for living area, 1 for Dining and 1 for each bedroom.
In all there are 9 floors provided for parking, 7 levels plus the mezzanine and additional parking on the ground floor. These provide a total of 473 parking spaces for cars and an additional 91 spaces for scooters. Each of the regular parking spaces is 2.5 x 5m or 12.5sq.m whilst the spaces for scooters measure 1.2 x 2m or 2.4sq.m. The parking levels have a ceiling height of either approx. 3.6m or 2.48 and 5.9m in the mezzanine levels. Entrance and exit points in and out of the parking levels are located on Ongpin St and Alonzo St.
The Residential Units
Although at first, the price for one of these residences may seem high, they are spacious and the price per square meter is very reasonable. Following in the Feng Shui tradition, all the residential units are orientated to the south and two sides have a view of the metropolis. Apart from providing a high standard of luxury, the Feng Shui influence in the design ensures that all rooms in this cloud kissing tower enjoy an abundance of sunlight all day long.
Located in Chinatown, the Anchor Skysuites will mainly provide residences for the affluent Chinese and Filipino-Chinese who call the Binondo District (Chinatown) their home. Mirroring the large condominiums in other countries, the Anchor Skysuites provides top class services, facilities and amenities for the exclusive use of the residents.
Anchor Skysuites underscores Anchor Land's stature as Chinatown's developer of choice that enjoys loyal patronage from the very discriminating Filipino-Chinese community. All units at Anchor Skysuites are oriented towards the south, following age-old feng shui traditions, and all rooms have at least two sides with views of the entire metropolis. The project's 5-bedroom suites have floor areas ranging from 308 - 618 square meters and are the most coveted because Chinatown residents value spacious homes and luxurious amenities, as well as exclusivity and safety.