Century Properties managing director Robbie Antonio talks to celebrity Paris Hilton.
Now the property developer's managing director Robbie Antonio is getting attention for having convinced world-famous architect Rem Koolhass to design his 25,000-square-foot house in Manila.
In its July issue, US magazine Vanity Fair came out with an article about Antonio titled "The Museum of Me."
said the Koolhaas-designed house, which Antonio
called "Stealth", reportedly costs "upwards of $15 million" (approximately P650 million).
"Indeed, the building, under construction on a small lot in Manila's most exclusive neighborhood, has been kept largely quiet until now.
It's a series of boxes stacked together in an irregular pattern, with scooped-out windows that call to mind Marcel Breuer's Whitney Museum
, all wrapped in a charcoal-colored concrete-and-polyurethane 'skin'; the roof features a pool flowing into a dramatic waterfall," the magazine reported.
Koolhass was asked why he
took on the residential commission, his
first in 15 years, and he
simply answered, "Well, basically Robbie.
The Dutch architect seemed to have been impressed with Antonio's
had originally wanted Koolhaas to design a building that could be rotated, but he
told Vanity Fair
it "would be detrimental to my budget."'
house will also have a gallery, where he
will display around two dozen of his
portraits by some of the world's top artists such as Damien Hirst, Julian Schnabel, David LaChapelle, Julian Opie and Takashi Murakami.
spent $3 million (around P130 million) on these portraits.
is known to have made valuable connections with celebrities such as the Trumps and Hilton in New York.
Antonio is the son of former Ambassador Jose Antonio, whose wealth is estimated at $300 million and was 25th in Forbes magazine's Top 40 list of richest people in the Philippines.