Imagine how convenient and more gratifying everyday life could be if you had the power to control virtually everything inside your home — from your lighting systems, to your televisions, down to your heating and air-conditioning systems—wherever you may be with just a few clicks and scrolls on your smartphone.
Indeed, the future of urban living has come upon us with the advent of the smart home — a booming trend among ultra-luxury homes around the world today. The advancement of home technologies and artificial intelligence have paved the way for today’s homeowners to finally enjoy the luxury of a seamless and connected lifestyle to match the pace of a fast-changing world.
Taking its course to adapt to global standards, award-winning property giant Megaworld constantly elevates its innovative smart solutions as it incorporates digital technology, world-class design, and connectivity into its townships.
The Albany, one of the company’s latest properties in Fort Bonifacio, attests to this innovative thrust as it transcends the elite cosmopolitan lifestyle at McKinley West by integrating smart home technology into its very core.
Each unit in the two-clustered residential estate will feature full home automation systems, activated via a smart home display panel by the entrance and through a mobile app. With a touch of a button, residents at The Albany can open or close and even adjust the lighting set-up in various parts of their unit. The technology also allows adjusting the thermostat to control your ventilation and air-conditioning systems even while you are still on the road on your way home.
“This is part of our vision to integrate smart technology into all our developments. With this, we are not just able to provide a place where people can live and thrive, but we also empower future residents in our developments to enjoy other things that matter to them,” says Rachelle Peñaflorida, vice president for sales and marketing, Megaworld.
Smart tech in every corner
Apart from making spaces much more enjoyable to live in, these automated home technologies also contribute to improved energy efficiency and privacy.
Residents will have their own private keycards that grant them access to an elevator that opens directly to their private foyer. The unit will also have its own built-in video intercom that connects to the lobby area just in case residents are expecting guests.
The smart technology for The Albany also allows for the integration of other smart-ready appliances, such as television units, washing machines, refrigerator, and others for greater convenience. For the hands-free lighting system, each unit will come with motion sensors, particularly installed at the foyer and toilet.
Urban living at its finest
Designed by UK-based architectural firm Broadway Malyan, The Albany flaunts all the right components of an ultra-high-end condominium by furnishing all residential suites with prestigious global brands. This includes LEICHT of Germany for kitchen systems; Bosch and Gaggenau of Germany for kitchen and cooking tops; Duravit’s Philippe Starck Collection for toilet and bathroom fixtures; and Hansgrohe Axor Starck and Grohe for the luxurious toilet and bath.
The Albany is a low-density, low-rise residential tower composed of only 64 spacious units, each having its own private balconies, ranging from two-bedroom (123 sqm.) to four-bedroom suites (up to 349 sqm.). The tower will be strategically located beside the upscale neighborhoods of Forbes Park and McKinley West Village.
The Albany will also feature three-level penthouse suites that have four spacious bedrooms in the first two levels, a maids’ room with its own toilet and bath, a total of five toilet and bathrooms including the master’s bedrooms with its own bathtubs, a powder room, walk-in closets, expansive dining area with a 7.4-meter ceiling height, and a roof terrace that features a private pool, relaxation deck, and a grilling garden. The living rooms in the penthouse suites each also feature a skylight ceiling for natural lighting.
The two-bedroom and three-bedroom suites in the lower floors, on the other hand, will also have their private keycard-operated elevators that open directly to the resident’s foyer, spacious bedrooms with walk-in closets, and toilet and bathrooms with personal bathtubs for the master’s bedroom.
As for The Albany’s amenities, the two-tower development will have a two-level amenity deck that features a wellness spa, sauna, fitness center, entertainment and game room, infinity pool with submerged lounge deck, kids’ play park, cabanas, function halls, and complimentary WiFi connectivity.
The tower will also have four levels of parking exclusive for the residents.
Inspired by the ultra-luxury apartments in London’s posh neighborhoods around Hyde Park, The Albany will form part of McKinley West’s ‘billionaires’ row’ along the township’s Chateau Road in Fort Bonifacio.