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A showcase of exemplary design, architecture


This article was initially featured in the Inquirer Mobile App on March 02, 2024 authored by Vaughn Alviar.

Trust Shang Properties Inc. when it promises classic elegance.

Since entering the Philippine property sector in 1987, Shang Properties has built some of the most iconic structures in pursuit of luxury. Taking a proud heritage and unparalleled expertise from a world-renowned brand in the hospitality industry, Shang began its foray into real estate development with its office and retail projects.

Mastery of luxury

In 2002, it expanded into the residential condominium market, proving that it could translate its mastery of luxury into fine homes whose appeal can stand the test of time.

A big part of that has been exemplary design and architecture. Shang Properties has enlisted the biggest names in that field to carve out spaces that are classically relevant and aesthetic—offering comfort and inspiration to what are now generations of happy homeowners.

Look at 46-story The Shang Grand Tower, the first luxury residential condominium project of Shang. It has remained an envied address in Legaspi Village, Makati City, because its 254 residences offer generous cuts and access to top-of-the-line amenities. Another thing that makes it distinct and important is the traditional art-deco design, highlighted by ornamental grills and pre-cast moldings.

To ensure a standout that would elevate the Makati skyline, Shang enlisted Wong & Tung International Ltd., a firm based in Hong Kong, and Recio + Casas, a respected Philippine firm. The same partnership brought to life in Ortigas Center The St. Francis Shangri-La Place, still one of the tallest residential buildings in the country.

Exemplary addresses

A penchant for exemplary addresses endures, as Shang Properties continues to deliver well thought out luxury residences in collaboration with leaders and tastemakers in design and architecture.

Shang Residences at Wack Wack is an exciting address juxtaposed with the Wack Wack Golf and Country Club. It’s a 50-story resort-inspired luxury residential development with just 404 units. Wong & Tung International Ltd. once again lends its acumen. With it are Asya Design Partners, another leading homegrown brand, and BTR Workshop Limited Hong Kong.

Laya by Shang Properties in Ortigas Center promises to be a sanctuary of comfort and self-expression, offering flexible spaces that celebrate the verve and vitality of today’s young people. Its design team and consultants include W&T International, Casas + Architects Inc. and Sy^2+ Associates Inc.—again a mix of world-class names.


Expected to up the ante for residential projects on our shores is Aurelia Residences in the vibrant Bonifacio Global City. This upcoming address has just 285 bespoke residences, all giving dwellers privileged views of the skyline and greeneries of the capital. It is a collaboration that brings together architects, designers and artisans to curate a home inspired by “sprezzatura,” an effortless and understated sense of classic Italian elegance.

Who else can bring that to the country other than authorities like Skidmore Owings & Merril, LLP, FM Architettura d’Interni and Rchitects Inc.? Much has been written about how a strong collaborative design process may soon turn Aurelia Residences into one of the most coveted addresses in the nation and another landmark that will become a timelessly beautiful edifice in the metro.

Old and new, Shang’s luxury residences offer an appeal that endures changing times and sensibilities. It is enabled by a passionate desire to curate experiences of luxurious living; and an ability to tap into creative giants here and abroad to come up with addresses that can awe and inspire not just residents but anyone who lays their eyes on the structures.

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