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‘Lanai living’ lands in the Enclave Alabang

Most Metro Manila lot owners have been conditioned to live within the four high walls of their homes – seemingly entrapped by iron grills on every window for good measure.  The Enclave Alabang (TEA) intends to reverse this practice by enticing homeowners to extend their living spaces beyond their property lines into the community common areas – thereby expanding their recreational and entertainment options in new ways.

The Enclave Alabang is a 10.5-hectare community along the fast-growing Daang Hari corridor in Southern Metro Manila. The residential subdivision with 169 lots from 304 to 597 sqm will be completed in 2017. It is developed and managed by the Filinvest Group.

The two-storey clubhouse with wide glass windows and doors has been designed to be the ‘lanai’ of homeowners.

The two-storey clubhouse with wide glass windows and doors has been designed to be the ‘lanai’ of homeowners.

The novel scheme is the result of a collaboration among TEA clubhouse interior designers Budji Layug and Royal Pineda, H1 Architecture which was responsible for the clubhouse architecture and masterplan of the residential subdivision, and landscape consultant AECOM.

Layug, who has successfully promoted Filipino design, furniture and accessories for over two decades in global home fairs, sums up the design group’s objective as simply promoting “lanai living” to residents.

 The lifestyle refers to an open-sided, fully-furnished living area in many plush Metro Manila homes and other tropical settings used for lunch and dinner parties and gatherings.

The two-storey clubhouse with wide glass windows and doors has been designed to be the “lanai” of The Enclave Alabang homeowners, a tasteful setting for children’s parties all the way to anniversary and wedding celebrations. It will offer an array of views of the close to one-hectare amenity area including a park and a landscaped man-made lagoon.

In fact, a guest’s sightline in any of the function rooms, lounge areas and even in the fitness center ends with lush greenery or an open deck with a swimming pool.

Thus, the ambience is calming and refreshing and “communicates a feeling of being away,” according to Pineda.  At the same time, the glass doors can be closed to allow for air-conditioning in warm weather and the entry of natural light without obstructing the lush surroundings.

“Tropicality or the integration of indoor areas with lush outside spaces is the DNA of The Enclave Alabang,” emphasized Layug.

In the evenings, the al fresco roofdeck invites residents to stargaze or simply bask in the moonlight over a bottle of wine.

“The al fresco cocktail area provides our residents a break from artificial air-conditioning” and to enjoy the natural therapy of being outdoors — especially in the cool months of the year,” said Pineda.

Layug observed that the ambience of the clubhouse is casual, youthful and very contemporary. “It will be open, spacious and will make use of clean lines,” he added.

Beyond the clubhouse, residents will also enjoy a man-made lagoon surrounded by jogging trails. With the current emphasis on fitness and wellness, homeowners will be provided a convenient and scenic setting for early morning or late evening walks and runs.