Sunday, October 28, 2007

Z-Loft at One Rockwell: A View to A Thrill

by rick olivares

It all begins with the Master Plan. That is if leisurely and luxurious living amidst the maddening daily grind is your cup of tea. Or is it the wine you sip by the balcony of your loft that makes you privy to an unparalleled view of the city of man as the sun peeks out of the dawn clouds or as she bids the day goodbye leaving a glorious sunset in her wake.

The Z-Loft in One Rockwell is the first of its kind in the country of even in Asia. In fact, it’s located in Rockwell Center, the country’s premier residential community that is a model of urban planning. “You get that feeling that you’re not in Manila the moment you enter,” gushes Valerie Soliven, Rockwell Land’s Vice President for Sales and Marketing. “It’s just different like where living meets art.”

And rightly so for there are none of those eyesores of sagging electric posts or potholed streets that are asymptotic of a metropolis gone haywire. All the lines are buried underground and electric power is assured 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year round even during the most inclement of weather. And all the different residential towers are connected to the Power Plant mall by an underground tunnel where one gets to travel to and fro via golf cart. The roads dotted with an oasis of lush greens and vehicular traffic is efficiently managed. You can walk down for breakfast or coffee in Block 09 -- a dining area inspired by the gastronomic variety and hedonism of Bali. It’s all within an uncomplicated and uncongested community that integrates residential, office, educational, dining, and entertainment areas designed for those with a taste for the finest things in life.

At One Rockwell, the buildings don’t rise; they zig and zag into the world’s first Z-shaped residential tower as designed by Arquitectonica and Pimentel, Rodriguez, Simbulan & Partners. And the space between buildings is almost double of other residential towers in the greater metro area.

One Rockwell is made up of the East and West Towers each standing 45 and 55 stories high respectively. A landscaped and tree-lined rotunda, designed by LACC International, Inc., welcomes you as you make your entrance. And around the main lobby, one can find a cafĂ©, deli, salon, and a variety of shops that provide basic needs. Truly a most convenient setting for the denizens of this idyllic haven in the midst of the country’s premier commercial center. However if you wish to avoid the frenzy of the lobby there’s a roundabout to immediately whisk you to the elevators.

Each tower gives you a menu of finished unit types from a studio, a flat, and a variety of lofts. The studios measure 27 square meters while the two-bedroom flats are 80 square meters long. The 1-bedroom loft varies from 52-71 square meters while the 2-bedroom versions range from 106-115 square meters. The 2-bedroom bi-level is pegged at 132 square meters and the 1 and 2 bedroom Z-Lofts are 70 square meters and 117125 square meters long respectively.

Regardless of your choice, you’ll have a unit with spectacular dual views of eastern and western Greater Manila that help bring you down a notch or two after the daily grind. The lofts place an outrageous premium on space with its 19-feet high ceilings and split-levels. Each unit uses laminated and solid wood flooring for the living, dining, and bedroom areas.

There are a variety of modular and built in closet systems in the bedrooms and the kitchen along with provisions for cable TV connection and split-type air conditioning. And the throne room – the baths - has running hot and cold water while its flooring uses ceramic floor tile work.

To complete this experience in this fine art of urban living are the amenities that feature a fitness center, private function and public game rooms, a cozy mini-theater, a personal videoke room, a Sky Deck with an outdoor adult and kids swimming pool, and a Sky Bar with breathtaking 180-degree views.

The Z-Loft at One Rockwell is truly a unique and iconic architectural marvel. It’s a testament to Rockwell’s vision of the upliftment of the standard of urban Filipino living.

Now that’s a Master Plan.

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