Monday, October 1, 2018

Juxtapose: Espasyo at Panahon

Juxtapose: Espasyo at Panahon - an interior design exhibit exploring Adaptive Reuse as a solution to design problems

On its 51st year, the Philippine School of Interior Design Advanced Class 2018 marks another milestone as they mount "Juxtapose: Espasyo at Panahon" - an Interior Design Exhibit exploring Adaptive Reuse as a solution to design problems.
Adaptive Reuse can be defined as the process of reusing an old building or site for a purpose other than which it was built for. The challenge? To be able to apply the concept of adaptive reuse into 17 interior design booths that evokes an amalgam of the past and the present. The historical place that the students pick will be given a new purpose as it goes beyond its original design and function, which in turn, focuses on a different take in interior design solutions.
"Juxtapose: Espasyo at Panahon" will challenge the audience of the exhibit and proponents of cultural heritage conservators and developers to take a second look at old historical structures, most importantly, those sites that necessitates restoration and rehabilitation. It is through these structures and buildings can we find our historical and cultural identity as Filipinos. 
Travel through 17 booths in three galleries and witness how these structures are revitalized in today's setting. These three galleries will breathe new life into otherwise forgotten yet still beautiful structures.


Get to know the different ancestral houses like the Iconic Bahay na Bato, how they are rediscovered, and how they can be reused

The Bar Beneath... in San Juan
Tucked away in a quiet area of San Juan is the Castro House. Built in 1933 by Sps. Melquiades & Victoria Castro, the house hides a 15-sqm bomb shelter underneath its kitchen floor. This unique feature inspired the group to transform it into a speakeasy. Multi-localism, referring to an awareness of foreign cultures and imbibing them locally, is used as concept for their design - which was achieved by combining the intimate allure of a speakeasy, the spartan look of a bomb shelter, and the familiar elements of Filipino style.

The Vigan Atelier
A well-known tourist spot in Vigan, Calle Crisologo is home to heritage houses, some of which have been converted into inns, museums, restaurants, and souvenir shops. One of the many attractions along Calle Crisologo is the Cabildo house. Built in the 18th century, it is currently being used as a vacation house by the family. Inspired by the architectural elements of the Cabildo Ancestral House and the rich culture surrounding it, the group decided to repurpose the space into an atelier, showcasing the works of an outstanding Filipino couturier. 

Small Space, Big Living
Built in 1929, the Tañada ancestral house was purchased by the late Sen. Lorenzo M. Tañada and his wife in the early 1950s, where they raised their family of 9. The grounds were later on split among their children, until such time that only the main house remained on a much smaller plot of land. A stroke of wild imagination and a little creativity is all it takes to reimagine the Tañada ancestral house into a modern residential space.

Modern Filipino Haven
Built in 1927, the Laurel Ancestral House is one of the first houses built along F. Benitez Street in San Juan. Four generations of Laurels have lived within its walls and ownership still remains in the family. In 2010, major renovation efforts were undertaken to ensure the structural integrity of the house remain intact. Given its location within a residential neighborhood, the group has chosen to adaptively reuse Laurel's Ancestral House as a private spa. As an ode to the house's original architectural details, the design focuses on modern Filipino elements to bring forth and create an environment that engages the senses and indulges its customers with a great private spa experience. 

Bridal Boudoir

Situated in a quiet neighborhood in the city of San Juan is the Castro House. Built in 1933 by Sps. Melquiades and Victoria Castro, the Castro House has been a family home since its construction. Along the side of the house is a spacious patio where an intimate gathering, such as a private wedding, can take place. Inside, there is a roomy and spacious living area on one side and a dining room on the other. The second floor holds four bedrooms, one of which the group has decided to highlight as a holding room for a bride preparing for her big day.

Marahuyo Spa and Tea House

The Punzalan Ancestral House was one of the homes of Atanasia Aniversario, the owner of one of the largest fortunes in Taal. Since being built in the 1900s, the house has seen generations of the family come and go. Owing to its strategic location, the house has since been converted into a tourist inn. Taking the idea one step further, the group proposes to add a spa and tea house to the existing inn in order to maximize the business potential of the site.


A peek into old commercial spaces like the nostalgic Escolta and Avenida Rizal Commercial Buildings and how they are reimagined to fit the needs of people today

La Moneda Bookshop and Cafe

Intramuros today is a hubbub of activity - from students plying their routes to nearby schools, to vendors selling their wares, and to tourists exploring the cobblestoned streets. Within this microcosm of Manila life, the group envisions the Aduana Building revived as a bustling commercial building with a bookshop and cafe, attracting tourists and locals alike.

CC (Cafe + Creatives)

The former PSID building located at 2230 Pasong Tamo Street in Makati City is one of the iconic buildings designed by Architect and Interior Designer Lor Calma. BUilt during the 1980s, the building boasts of a contemporary modern design not common during that era. The space that the group chose to adaptively reuse in this heritage building is the hallway and entrance to the school. It is reimagined as a cafe where creatives can meet and discuss ideas, or simply to chill and absorb the vibe of the place.

Little Cafe Museum

Located along the stretch of Pasong Tamo in Makati, the Cancio-Calma Associates building stands out among its peers with its distinctive features. Designed by Arch. Lor Calma, the building is built in the modern international style. The group proposes to convert the space into a museum-inspired caafe done in a mid-century modern style. The concept is to create a balance, utilizing natural light and clean lines with neutral tones to enhance the tranquil and living experience

Cafe 308

Designed in a neoclassical and beaux arts style, the Regina Building is one of the few buildings in Escolta that has survived the horrors of World War II. The building boasts of timeless design elements such as pedimented windows, balusters, bas-reliefs, and sculptural groups. Due to its location in the heart of Binondo, the student reimagines the space as a coffee bar that caters to men and women who are always on-the-go yet who would need their caffeine boost for the day.

Kusina Aduana

The Aduana Building, also known as the Intendencia, was a Spanish colonial structure in Manila, Philippines, that housed several government offices throughout the years. This two-story government structure follows a Neo-Classical design, with an emphasis on horizontal and symmetrical form, particularly on the design of its facade. Situated in Intramuros, the Aduana is one of the many historic sites that tourists flock to. Thus, the group envisioned the space as “Kusina Aduana” where hands-on cooking classes are offered to tourists and locals alike, in order to foster a deeper appreciation of the flavors, history, and culture of Filipino cuisine.

Below Zero Gelateria

The Aduana building, which was once the headquarters for the Customs Office in Intramuros, has been reimagined and redesigned into a commercial complex. Within its premises is Below Zero Gelateria, where students and tourists alike can lounge around and beat the heat with the shop’s tasty selection.


Find out how old industrial buildings and warehouses can be revitalized in today's world

13 Fit Street

Tanduay Fire Station is the oldest operating fire station in Manila’s University Belt area. The group’s vision to turn the station into an edgy modern gym hinges on the concept of making going to the gym feel like a night out.


Located at the corner of Madrid and San Fernando Streets in Binondo, Manila, the San Nicolas Fire Station was established in 1901 as one of the first fire stations ever built in the country. Due in part to its location, the group envisioned the San Nicolas Fire Station as a modern and contemporary dormitory with the interiors and facade inspired by the station’s original design.

Station No. 15

The Tanduay Fire Station in Paco, Manila, was first established by Hugh Bonner, a former chief of the New York Fire Department. After the Japanese occupation, it housed a central fire station and firemen’s training school. Currently, it is surrounded by universities and commercial buildings. After visiting and experiencing the current situation of the building, the students proposed to repurpose the storage room as a co-working bar.

Polo Estacion

Situated along a highway, the PNR Polo Station served as the base for military operations of the first Republic. Today, the group envisions it to be an artisan market and local wine shop - creating an avenue to showcase the nation’s local produce.

KM102 Gentleman’s Barber Lounge

Built in 1892, the San Fernando Train Station is part of the Ferrocarril de Manila-Dagupan, the first railway system in the Philippines. During its heyday, it witnessed two important events in Philippine history. Jose Rizal disembarked from this station on June 27, 1892 to visit his friends and to possibly recruit them to the La Liga Filipina. It was also the ending point of the 102-kilometer long walk of the Bataan Death March. From here, the prisoners of war were stuffed into box carts and transported to Tarlac, en route to their final destination, Camp O’Donnell. Today, the San Fernando Train Station is reimagined into a Gentleman’s Barber Lounge.

My top five favorites (in no particular order):
 - Marahuyo Spa and Tea House: I love the colors and the details and the fact that they thought about using local herbs from their backyard to serve as tea for their spa.
- La Moneda Bookshop and Cafe: Somewhere I'd totally hang out at. The layout looks great and the ambiance is super cozy. The details are well thought out - especially the coin wall in the shape of the Philippines.
- The Bar Beneath... in San Juan: Booth #1 was impressive. I loved the idea of turning a bomb shelter into a speakeasy. It has that exclusive feel. I also liked that they featured liquor made in the Philippines.
- Station No. 15: SUPER UNIQUE CONCEPT! Fire station turned bar with repurposed materials like car engines and old clocks!
- Small Space, Big Living: I can see myself living here, so points for that. ;)   
Co-presented by Santolan Town Plaza and in partnership with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the exhibit showcases 17 booths that challenge proponents of cultural heritage conservation, developers, and the audience to find creative solutions in the restoration and rehabilitation of historic structures. It also seeks to impart a sense of heritage to Filipinos with a further understanding and appreciation of our cultural and historical identity. Visit "Juxtapose: Espasyo at Panahon" from October 1 to 31, 2018, at Santolan Town Plaza in San Juan City!
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