”Robbie Antonio, an avid art collector and founder and CEO of Revolution Precrafted—a start-up for prefabricated designer homes—is the mastermind behind the US$1.1 billion project, which he calls “the world’s first live-in art park,” says part of a release to the Daily Business News from the company.
“The recently announced Batulao Artscapes, located at the foot of the Philippines’ Mount Batulao, will be home to four themed museums designed by four different architects, all of whom are Pritzker Prize laureates:
- There’s the Revolution Museum for Design and Architecture by Christian de Portzamparc (who designed Cité de la Musique in Paris),
- the Revolution Museum for Visual Arts by Jean Nouvel (who designed the Louvre Abu Dhabi),
- the Revolution Museum for Art and Technology by US-based Philip Johnson/Alan Ritchie Architects,
- and the Revolution Museum for Performing Arts by Japan’s Tange Associates,” per the Hong Kong Tatler.
Robbie’s Revolution PreCrafted is targeting, among other groups, upscale retirees from other Asian nations, such as South Korea and Japan, that are looking for a classy setting for their golden years. Their concept is using high end designers, and creating quality, stylish and affordable prefabs that might go for millions if built by those same big names using conventional construction methods.
Regular MHProNews readers know that Antonio has pledged to go global, and the projects noted in this report are an example. Given his ties to the Trump Organization, at what point will this billion dollar unicorn hit American shores?
$345 Million Dollar Project
“Revolution Precrafted has entered into a formal agreement with Central Country Estate, Inc. (CCEI) for the construction and delivery of $345 million worth of pre-crafted homes and retail stores in a 70-hectare prime development in Lakeshore, Pampang,” said the Manila Bulletin. The project is dubbed “Revolution Flavorscapes at Lakeshore.”
It is being touted as the world’s first livable food park which would feature pop-up stores offering cuisines from 200 countries.
The development boasts of groundbreaking amenities including a Museum of Ice Cream, Museum of Candy, A Chocolate Gallery and a Microbrewery with surrounding beer garden.
“Shrewd developers in the Philippines are hoping to charm foreign pensioners by building a retirement village alongside major arts venues,” says the Monocle. “As developed cities in Asia grapple with ageing [sic] populations, savvy entrepreneurs are spotting opportunities to tap the silver dollar.”
“Later this year Batulao Artscapes will complete its first phase: a retirement village to the south of Metro Manila that aims to attract overseas residents. South Korean and Japanese senior citizens are drawn to the Philippines and Batulao Artscapes assists with retirement visas as part of the package. The company behind the project, Revolution Precrafted, was set up two years ago by Jose Roberto “Robbie” Antonio and offers prefabricated homes designed by international architects.”
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