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Bringing a piece of Japan to BGC

Bonifacio Global City­—Collaboration is needed to seamlessly fuse Japanese innovation with Filipino hospitality and create a unique development that will redefine the real estate market. 

Bringing a piece of Japan to BGC

The Seasons Residences in Bonifacio Global City, the Japanese-inspired condominium project by Federal Land, Inc. in partnership with Nomura Real Estate Development Co., Ltd. and Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd., is an example of such synergy.

Through the shared expertise of the developer and its partners, the design and structure of Seasons Residences make it more than just a technical collaboration, but of cultural harmony as well.

Industry experts from design, architecture, and engineering from both Tokyo and Manila were commissioned for the project, making Seasons Residences a masterwork of collaborative design. 

Space visualization

The master plan is designed by Nikken Sekkei, a Japanese architectural firm ranked #2 in Building Design’s 2019 World Architecture top 100 list. Established in 1900, Nikken Sekkei has completed over 20,000 projects in 40 countries and 200 cities worldwide. 

Renowned for its “space creation” and “space visualization” philosophies, the company is tasked to design the commercial area to incorporate distinct Japanese spatial characteristics. 

The concept behind the façade of the podium, on the other hand, is the brainchild of Torafu Architects led by up-and-coming designers, Koichi Suzuno and Shinya Kamuro. The company has established itself on a wide array of projects ranging from architectural design, interior design, exhibition space design, to product design. Working hand-in-hand with Torafu’s façade concept is Asao Tokolo, a modern master of pattern design and the artist behind the Tokyo Olympics 2020 emblem. 

Working with Japanese partners are elite groups of Filipino architects and engineers. 

Arch. Carmelo Casas of Casas+Architects spearheads the construction process of Seasons Residences as the project architect. Known for landmarks such as the Grand Hyatt Manila and Solaire Resort and Casino, Casas+Architects is sought after for their expertise in high-rise residential and office building design and master planning.

Damping technology against earthquakes

Since both Japan and the Philippines experience frequent earthquakes,  Seasons Residences  commissioned Engr. Raul Manlapig of Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong to provide structural, wind, and seismic engineering services.

The company equips Seasons Residences with Viscoelastic Coupling Dampers (VCDs), a Japanese damping technology which absorbs wind, or quake-induced vibrations in tall buildings. 


To complete the Japanese aesthetics of Seasons Residences, GF & Partners provides a Zen-inspired interior design to the amenities and common areas in collaboration with Japanese partners. 

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