Illumina Residences is a 32-story high-rise condominium with a floor plan shaped like the letter T and a facade of concrete glass and steel. The construction of the Illumina Residences started in 2008 and was scheduled ready for occupancy in 2011. It was developed by DCMI Homes on a 6,935.5-square-meter land area on P. Sanchez Street, Sta. Mesa, Manila. The units have a floor area of 28 to 82 square meters. Illumina Residences has 540 residential units that range from Studio, two bedroom, a bigger two bedroom, and a three bedroom.
The location of this high-rise condominium is close to educational institutions and establishments. Some of the nearby schools, colleges, and universities are the Arellano University, Central Colleges of the Philippines, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Immaculate Heart of Mary College, Don Bosco School, Xavier School, La Salle Greenhills, University of the East, St. Paul University Quezon City, Dominican College and more.
There are also medical institutions in the area, like the UERM Hospital, Lourdes Hospital, St. Lukes Medical Center, and Cardinal Santos Medical Center as well as recreational places and malls like SM City Sta. Mesa, and the Greenhills Shopping Center. Illumina Residences is also readily accessible to major business areas like the Ortigas Central Business District, the Makati Central Business District, trade centers in Cubao and Manila, and the broadcast media centers in Quezon City.
In the exterior design of Illumina Residences, the evident style used is whats termed as Modern Minimalism with clean and uncluttered lines, the use of earth colors for the exterior of the building, and the prevalent use of available lighting and ventilation. The windows are also specifically designed to allow natural light and the breeze to flow inside the unit which is complimented by cross-ventilation.
Illumina Residences is shaped like the letter T in order to improve the interior illumination and ventilation of the building. The shape enables the building to have a better breezeway for natural air and light to flow inside. Another benefit of the T-shape design is to provide more privacy to the single-loaded corridors as well as for space efficiency. Around the building, there is a tropical landscape with atriums. Illumina Residences also has the Manila skyline on its north, the San Juan skyline on the East, the Sta. Mesa skyline on the west, and the Mandaluyong skyline on the south.
Illumina Residences also has several features like a reception and lounge lobby, three high-speed elevators, three levels of parking, wi-fi connection in the amenities area, CCTV monitoring, CATV and phone lines, landscaped atriums in every five floors, balconies on all units, 24-hour security, overhead water tank, a podium garden, back-up power supply for common areas, grand lobby, reception lobby, and perimeter wall with security fencing.
Moreover, some of the facilities and amenities included are the lap pool, a deck garden, a study hall, a lanai, a function room, basketball court, play court, pocket gardens, view deck, arrival court, kiddie pool, shower area and a fitness gym. There is also a grand drop-off in the building so it does not open immediately to the street.
The floor finishes of the living room, dining room, kitchen, and bedrooms are made of low-maintenance resilient flooring with baseboard. The balcony has ceramic tiles with a pebble washout border while the toilet has unglazed ceramic tiles. The kitchen area has a granite finish kitchen counter top with a cabinet system, while the doors of the entrance and bedrooms are made of wood. In addition, the unit entrance also has an aluminum screen door while the door in the balcony is an aluminum-framed swing glass panel with an insect screen.
There are four kinds of units in the high-rise condominiumthe Studio (24 square meters), the two-bedroom units (48 square meters), the two-bedroom 2 (54.5 square meters, 55 square meters, 55.5 square meters), and the three-bedroom (66 square meters). The studio unit has a bedroom, dining and kitchen area, toilet and bath, and a balcony. The two-bedroom unit has a master bedroom and a secondary bedroom, toilet and bath, living and dining area, and a kitchen. There is also the second version of the two-bedroom unit which is slightly bigger. It has a master bedroom, a secondary bedroom, toilet and bath, living area, dining and kitchen area, and a hallway. The three-bedroom unit, in turn, has one master bedroom and two other bedrooms, a living and dining area, a kitchen, two toilet and bath, and two balconies.