Century City Mall’s vertical garden

Last Saturday, I was at the newly-opened Century City Mall to explore what is being called the Mall of Modern Makati. We were thoroughly impressed with the luxury of everything, from its dining and shopping options to its cinemas with reclining seats. It’s a good mall to hide out in from the stresses of daily living. Since it’s hidden in Kalayaan Avenue in Makati, I can picture myself reading a good book in TWG Tea.

My favorite part of the mall has to be the al fresco dining on the fourth floor of the mall. Right now, there’s only Caliburger there (burger was meh, the strawberry milkshake was to die for), but the surroundings were amazing. According to my friend who does the PR of the mall, the fourth floor promotes natural ventilation and vegetation that filter the air and reduce local temperature.

It even has a fully interactive multimedia water spectacle, which will showcase fully programmed, choreographed music, light and water shows once daily and twice on weekends. It reminds me of Hong Kong’s Symphony of Lights along Victoria Harbour. In fact, the water show at Century City Mall was developed by the same team that developed the water fountains at the Sands Macao Hotel and The Landmark in Hong Kong.

 

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For me, the highlight of Century City Mall is its vertical garden. Vertical gardens are fascinating because it offers greener options for those who have limited space. Instead of putting plots of land or setting up a series of pots, why not just your plants along the walls? Brilliant.

 

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Milan’s Bosco Verticale is set to be the world’s first vertical forest

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A simple vertical garden

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An archway with a vertical garden makes for a dramatic entrance

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At Pershing Hall in Paris

Vertical gardens are becoming something of a trend for businesses and buildings to go green but don’t have space. Japan’s Nihon Chiko, who is in the telephone industry, has been implementing vertical gardens for decades.  Buildings in Sao Paulo, Brazil and Oslo, Norway are putting greenery inside and outside their buildings. Bosco Verticale in Milan, Italy has also put gardens on its walls.

 

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Century City Mall is the latest establishment to be part of this trend. Let’s hope more businesses will implement vertical gardens. It’s good for the environment and for the eyes. Concrete and glass are modern, but there’s nothing like seeing an abundance of leaves and flowers in the middle of the city to start a happy day.

2014 Book #2: Starck

 

We all know Philippe Starck as that guy who created the iconic Ghost chair. Its simple, transparent design was lauded as his attempt to democratize furniture and available for all, and for all I mean those who can afford to shell out $410 (or P17,000) for a single piece.

 

The iconic Ghost Chair

 

Beyond that, we have no idea what else Starck did. At least I didn’t. I always thought he was simply a furniture designer, but this book by Taschen showed that he was so much more. Starck is a collection of his major projects in a career spanning three decades. The book reveals that beyond chairs, Starck designed houses, buildings, appliances, clothes, and even vehicles!

 

 

Starck began designing consumer goods when he realized that the items of his day had no “humor, love, or fancy.” He identified the kind of things the people he would like to have as a friend to own and use. “Not necessarily beautiful objects, but good objects,” he said. Good objects he called non-products for non-consumers, or people who are “alert and wary, but also open, creative, enthusiastic, and finally extremely upstream and modern.”

 

A couch with a DVD player, projector, and speakers
I wish I had a teddy bear like this!
Philippe Starck-designed office supplies would motivate me to go back to work
Modern watches
A partnership with Monnaie de Paris, the L’Ultimate Franc

What results is an amazing collection of items from French coins, Olympic torches, children’s toys, and those beautiful, beautiful chairs.