The Philippine School of Interior Design (PSID) continues in its long-held tradition of design excellence with the Advanced Class of 2018’s graduation exhibit entitled “JUXTAPOSE: Espasyo at Panahon.” The exhibit, which recently held its press launch, is open until October 31 at the 11th floor, Santolan Town Plaza to showcase 17 exquisite booths designed by the students themselves.
The PSID graduation exhibit explores adaptive reuse as a solution to design problems by repurposing old buildings or sites for a function other than what it was originally built for.
Co-presented by Santolan Town Plaza and in partnership with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the exhibit is divided into three categories: Tahanan, Pangkalakal, and Pang-Industriya. New life is breathed into old, forgotten historical structures in order to give them relevance again.
Making up the first of six booths in the Tahanan gallery is “The Bar Beneath… in San Juan” using the bomb shelter of the Castro House in San Juan City as their heritage site and transforming it into a speakeasy. The booth maintains an aura of secrecy through its use of ambient lighting, sandbags as ceiling decor, and a funnel-like stairway that grows wider as one descends into the bar.
Booth no. 2, named “The Vigan Atelier,” repurposes the Cabildo Ancestral House in Calle Crisologo, Vigan City into an atelier that retains the Spanish elements of the city whilst modernizing it through accent pieces. “Small Space | Big Living” is the third booth and answers to the growing trend of compact living spaces. A 16-square-meter area of the Tañada Ancestral Home in New Manila, Quezon City is maximized into a loft that uses black-and-white interiors and wooden touches to give further character to its Spanish designs.
The “Modern Filipino Haven” of Booth 4 recreates the Laurel Ancestral House of San Juan City as a private spa. It pays tribute to the original details of the house by using Modern Filipino as its theme, and uses earthy shades for a relaxing ambience. In Booth no. 5’s “Bridal Boudoir,” the Castro House is again adaptively reused, this time as a bridal quarters nostalgic of Filipino art deco.
For the sixth and last of the Tahanan booths, the Punzalan Ancestral House in Taal, Batangas becomes a spa specializing in the Filipino practice of ‘hilot.’ “Marahuyo Spa & Tea House” takes the current tourist inn a step further for an enchanting tropical abode.
The Pangkalakal gallery begins with Booth 7’s “La Moneda Bookshop and Cafe,” which makes use of the Aduana Building in Intramuros. Inspired by the history of Aduana as the place where the first Philippine coins were made, the bookshop and cafe reflect metallic touches, and even have an accent wall of the map of the Philippines, made entirely of five and ten centavo coins.
Booth no. 8 turns the former PSID Building in Chino Roces Ave. into “C + C Cafe Creatives”, a space for creatives to meet and discuss ideas. The distinct contemporary Filipino setup is an homage to Lor Calma, who designed the PSID building. In “Little Cafe Museum” or Booth no. 9, the same building is reimagined as a museum-inspired cafe with clean lines and wide windows for a minimalist modern study space.
The “Retro-Industrial Cafe 308” of Booth 10 takes from the neoclassical and beaux arts styles to turn Regina Building in Escolta St., Manila into a whimsical coffee bar that melds both past and present.
“Kusina Aduana” by Booth 11 revives Aduana by turning it into a kitchen where one can take classes to learn more about local food. The modern rustic design uses Filipino elements like rattan weave to create a suitable workstation. Also making use of Aduana is Booth 12, but reimagining it as “Below Zero Gelateria” that showcases a modern classic style using polished concrete and brick walls to recreate the building’s old feel.
Pang-industriya, the final portion of the exhibit , begins with “Industrial Techno Gym” from Booth no. 13. The Tanduay Fire Station in Paco, Manila is envisioned as a gym with a nightclub theme, salvaging rubber and wood from the old building to create a space perfect for the University Belt area.
Booth 14’s “Dor-Moderno” adaptively reuses the San Nicolas Fire Station in Binondo, keeping elements like the bunk beds of the firemen’s quarters and the poles for a three-person dormitory that creatively puts reclaimed wood to use in its bright interiors. In Booth 15, The Tanduay Fire Station is this time transformed into a coworking bar named “Station no. 15.” The unique steampunk style of the bar makes good use of recycled steel parts for a fresh, creative work atmosphere.
Valenzuela City’s PNR Polo Station is repurposed as the “Polo Estacion-Artisan Market” in Booth 16. Its rustic and industrial design comes together to mimic the interiors of a railway from the floorwork to the illuminated arches that give an illusion of continuity through the bronze mirror.
Concluding the exhibit is “KM 102 Gentleman’s Barber Lounge” from Booth 17, which turns the San Fernando Train Station in Pampanga into an upscale grooming lounge. Its accent dome ceiling made of copper pipes complements the masculine atmosphere of the barber shop.
JUXTAPOSE proudly shares this celebration of heritage and ingenuity with Abenson, All Home, Apo Floors, Boysen, CW Home Depot, Designery, Edison Electric Integrated Inc., Eubiq, Fineza Decorative Renderers, Fyrelyn Industries, Habitat, HMT Industries, Icon Graphics, Ilaw Atbp./LitesPlus, Jo-Liza Arts & Antiques, Keystone Lamps & Shades, La Europa Ceramica, Matimco, Stockwell Café + Lounge, Schema, Spectrum by Larry’s, Tierra Plants, Toto, and Uratex.
The exhibit is also supported by ANC, Business Mirror, INQUIRER.net, inqPOP!, Magic 89.9, Malaya Business Insight, Modern Living Home, The Manila Times, and WhenInManila.com.