The Sapphire Bloc brings Art Deco to 21st century
April 24, 2015  • The Philippine Star

The main lobby of The Sapphire Bloc is envisioned as a grand, bright, airy and sophisticated contemporary space with Art Deco accents.

MANILA, Philippines - As the skyline of Metro Manila rapidly changes with modern structures and high-rise developments, an architectural jewel will soon stand out in the Ortigas central business district—a modern mixed-use masterpiece that combines contemporary city living with convenient shopping, dining and leisure.


The Sapphire Bloc—one of the latest developments of Robinsons Residences, the brand of innovative urban living solutions from real estate giant Robinsons Land, is setting the tone for its pioneering spirit is an elegant yet timeless Art Deco design on its façade, with dynamic geometric lines and shapes in the classic chevron pattern evocative of the era, as well as with the use of rich colors and lavish ornamentation.


The refined atmosphere naturally extends well into its interior common spaces, as conceived masterfully by renowned design firm Design HQ (Hirayama + Quesada).


The Sapphire Bloc’s “terrific location” is what inspired the firm’s design principal Frenjick Quesada to come up with a truly memorable concept. Being bound on three sides by easy-access streets—Sapphire, Onyx and Garnet Roads—the building lends itself to being an architectural showcase, physically and visually. “The interiors should be tailor-fit to discerning buyers who appreciate a well-designed development,” he said.


One of the highlights of The Sapphire Bloc is a well-curated commercial complex and alfresco promenade at the ground floor of the four-building vertical residential community, covering around 2,000 square meters of space. With all these features and amenities, Quesada anticipates a lot of movement and activity, and keeps this in mind in utilizing artful yet practical design elements.


Upon entering the main lobby of The Sapphire Bloc, one will be welcomed by a bright and airy contemporary space graced with luxurious furniture set on an intricately patterned floor, plus a refreshing indoor garden in the center of the space. Quesada takes full advantage of the over five-meter-high ceiling, not usually found in city condominium developments that tend to scrimp on space. “The lobby is grand, green and sophisticated,” he affirms.


The Sapphire Bloc is just one of the many city living solutions that truly embodies Robinsons Residences’ vision of “city living done right”—a life without compromises, and a realization of living the authentic life at an amazing address. The units are efficiently configured in one- and two-bedroom options, and are fitted with quality finishes that require easy upkeep.


For more information, call the Robinsons Residences hotline at 636-0888 or (0925) 333-3333, or visit and

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