HBA Manila-designed Somerset Central Salcedo opens Makati’s smartest serviced residences

Susana Salcedo-GM (from left), Somerset Central Salcedo Makati, Kathleen Go-HBA, Gina Tang-HBA and Norman Agleron-HBA Principal

Somerset Central Salcedo formally opened its doors recently amid the very welcomed lifting of pandemic restrictions in our country. The much-awaited serviced residences are a welcome smart option for local and visiting residents to take that step closer to the hustle of regular everyday living, a part of life that many just realized they have missed.

While initially intended for the traveling business set, serviced residences have of late been appreciated as an alternative to what had become a restrictive home life. With the new Somerset Central Salcedo’s concept of a convenient and upgraded home-away-from-home living, checked-in clients are afforded the more leisurely paced transition to hybrid work or school, or just a well-earned holiday without the need for hours of driving or flying out of town, alone or with the entire family.

Behind the sensory mix of vibrantly contemporary yet very familiarly Filipino efficiently set spaces is HBA Manila Design Office, a name associated with impressive, inspiring, and memorable design spaces in Metro Manila. The bespoke residential feel is equipped for the current work and lifestyle shift yet imbued with the celebratory welcome-home feels, characteristic of most Filipino homecomings.

At the opening, HBA Partner and HBA Manila Design Office Principal Norman Agleron with the HBA Manila Design Office Team, together with Henry Lieuson, VP of Grand Pine Inc. walked through the different spaces, led by Somerset Central Salcedo GM Susana Salcedo. Taking it all in from the perspective of a resident, they began the tour with the unique and welcoming arrival experience that provides a notable transition from the city street scene of Makati CBD, to the variety of fully-furnished, equipped, and efficient serviced apartments.

“Somerset Central Salcedo stands to be a preferred choice, not just for convenience, but also for health and safety reasons, addressing all the main issues raised by traveling in the new normal, like risks of exposure and contact in communal and shared facilities like the lounge, cafe/all-day dining in hotels,” HBA Manila Design Office’s Agleron said.

After months of challenges brought about by the pandemic, the HBA Manila Design Office team bore collective pleased smiles. Agleron added, “We are grateful for the opportunity that our client, Grand Pine Inc. has given us to design the interiors of Somerset Central Salcedo, and proud of our team at HBA Manila for the creative synergy that resulted in a uniquely new destination in the Makati CBD, which was completed in spite of the pandemic.”

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