Sneak Peek : JUXTAPOSE: Espasyo at Panahon | PSID 2018 exhibit

I have witnessed during the past exhibits systematized by the amazing graduating students of Philippine School of Interior Design, their unlimited creativity and patience. And I must say that this year’s exhibit is even better than last year’s. There is always an increase in the quality of work every year and there were so many fantastic booths that I had a tough time choosing the best one for me.

For years, PSID has given talented students an opportunity to display their ability and go for the gold.

With the theme “JUXTAPOSE: Espasyo at Panahon”, it will take the spotlight during the annual PSID Graduating Exhibit on Oct. 1 – 31, 2018 at the Santolan Town Plaza in San Juan City. You would not want this for the world.

Reviving historic structures in PH with adaptive reuse at PSID 2018 exhibit
Old, historic structures and new design ideas, yes they can harmoniously go together.

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.

The exhibit is divided into three galleries: Tahanan, Pangkalakal, and Pang-industriya, where forgotten historical structures are given relevance once again and given design concepts such as bars, cafes, specialty stores, wellness centers, among others.

The Tahanan gallery focuses on residential buildings like the iconic Bahay na Bato, and features booths such as “The bar beneath…in San Juan”, “The Vigan Atelier”, “Small Space, Big Living”, “Modern Filipino Haven”, “Bridal Boudoir”, and the “Marahuyo Spa and Tea House”.

The Pangkalakal gallery presents booths reminiscent of Escolta and Avenida Rizal’s commercial streetscapes like the “La Moneda Bookshop and Café”, “CC Café + Creatives”, “Little Café Museum”, “Café 308”, “Kusina Aduana”, and “Below Zero Gelateria”.

The Pang-industriya gallery highlights design solutions for old industrial sites as can be seen in the booths “13 Fit Street”, “Dor-Moderno”, “Station No. 15”, “Polo Estacion”, and “KM 102 Gentleman’s Barber Lounge”.

Here are some of the booths I visited :

 The Bar San Juan
MEMBERS: Andrew Nieves, Merryl Ngo-Dee, Rosemarie Tapay, Jessica Pedreno

This was achieved by combining the intimate allure of a speakeasy, the spartan look of a bomb shelter, and the familiar elements of Filipino style.

​From the ground level, a funnel-like stairway leads to the bar with amber lights glowing from its intricate panels made from capiz and wood chips, highlighting the liquor display supported by metal bars. Smokey accent mirrors, complementing the texture of polished cement, hide the latrine and TV.  Across the bar, the wall is accentuated by Spanish tiles as an ode to the shelter’s original flooring.  The seating is a fusion of contemporary wire bar stools and accent tables in solihiya weave pattern. Completing the ambience is the ceiling donned in earth-colored sandbags. Carefully placed ambient lighting cast a sense of secrecy, staying true to the historical attributes of a speakeasy.

 BOOTH 2: The Vigan Atelier
MEMBERS: Donna Causapin, Lara Ong, Ana Roble, Nikka Merro

Inspired by the architectural elements of the Cabildo Ancestral House in Calle Crisologo and the rich culture surrounding it, the group came up with an interior that seeks to embody its distinctive Spanish colonial character. Because of its location, the group decided to repurpose the space into an atelier, showcasing the works of an outstanding Filipino couturier.

​The distressed white finish and the intricate callado patterns in the original structure were retained to preserve its original character. Wide mirrors with brass borders, heavy curtains, floral patterns, and capiz laminates pays homage to the muted opulence during the Spanish era. On the other hand, pink padded panels, bespoke furniture in white ducco finish, and pieces such as the Ghost Chair and Madeleine chair inject a younger and more modern vibe, bringing the space to the 21st century. Overall the design aims to celebrate Cabildo house’s place as a constant witness to Vigan’s rich history and culture, standing the test of time since the 18th century.

 BOOTH 3: Small Space, Big Living
MEMBERS: Cess Ang, Nina Magana, Mae Matias, Cariz Yam

​A stroke of wild imagination and a little creativity is all it takes to reimagine the Tañada ancestral house into a modern residential space.
Trends in residential living have seen major changes throughout the years. Developers are building vertically and compact living has become the norm in order to maximize square footage.
The same concept of building upwards was applied by taking advantage of the bungalow’s gable roof to create a gorgeous loft apartment with a vaulted ceiling.
Spanish tiles and patterns give this home character, tempered by clean lines and modern industrial finishes, keeping the look spacious and airy.
The sophisticated black-and-white interiors are given warmth by the wooden floors and furniture pieces. Built-in storage is utilized to maintain a streamlined look, turning the area into a space anyone would be proud to call home.

 BOOTH 4: Modern Filipino Haven
MEMBERS: Kim Tigue, Kristine Escober, Pam Lachica, Mary Teng

​The group has chosen to adaptively reuse Laurel’s Ancestral House as a Private Spa.
The booth consists of three areas—the massage area, lounge area and tub area. As an ode to the house’s original architectural details, the group has decided to use Modern Filipino as the spa’s design theme.
As such, natural materials and ambient lighting were used to bring forth a relaxing ambience. To contrast the warm earthy colors, textured glass and metals are also incorporated into the design. Natural elements such as pebble and plants complete the look.

The warmth of mood lighting captures the sense of sight, the different textures engage our sense of touch and the aromas captivate our sense of smell. All these design elements are brought forth to create an environment that engages the senses and that indulges its customers with a great private spa experience.

 BOOTH 6: Marahuyo Spa & Tea House
MEMBERS: Alissa Villareal, Sam Javier, Chloe Nabayo, Kiana Umali

The group proposes to add a spa and teahouse to the existing inn in order to maximize the business potential of the site.
The spa will center on the Filipino ancient art of healing or ‘hilot’ with the use of volcanic rock massage, while the teahouse will highlight special herbal teas grown right in the backyard of the house.
​Taking inspiration from the structural design and original finishes of the house, the group has decided to add a modern tropical touch to the area. The original interiors and terra cotta tile flooring is effortlessly melded with modern finishes like wallpaper and contemporary furniture designs. The intent is to come forth with a design that encapsulates the best of both worlds—deeply rooted in the traditions of the past, but utilizing the innovations of the present to strike the perfect balance of the old and the new.

 BOOTH 7: La Moneda Bookshop & Cafe
MEMBERS: Alexis Casas, Tin Jaspio, Lauren Laudico, Hannah Tan

The Aduana Building was revived as a bustling commercial building with a bookshop and café, attracting tourists and locals alike.

​La Moneda Bookshop and Café takes inspiration from the history of the Aduana as the Mint House or Casa de Moneda, where the first Philippine coins were made. To echo this pivotal moment, the overall design of the space reflects the lustrous shine of the coin—from the artwork showcased against the coin wall to the copper and metallic touches in the fixtures and fabrics used.

​The proposed design retains its neoclassical façade, its interior structure featuring original arches and exposed beams in concrete, and an iron gate inspired by the original gates of the building. Padded walls and a cowhide rug add softness and depth to the space while touches of wood and red stone flooring create a cozy ambiance. Bespoke furniture and a coffee bar inspired by the ruins complete the industrial glam look. In totality, the La Moneda Bookshop and Café glistens in historical charm and breathes new life to its original home.

 BOOTH 12: Below Zero Gelateria
MEMBERS: Elaine Hiloma, Denise Tuazon, Gwency Sobrepena, Rein Dela Cruz
Below Zero Gelateria can lounge around by students and tourists alike and beat the heat with the shop’s tasty selection.

​The proposed Modern Classic design brings together a timeless yet subtle air of sophistication reminiscent of Imperial Manila with a hint of humility and simplicity. Polished concrete was used for both the walls and the flooring while and bricks were used to mimic the remains of the building. Neutral colors run throughout the design including a touch of violet, a color often associated with the color of royalty. Antique mirrors decorate the ceiling and for a part of the wall to give the shop a vintage look while tufted furniture pieces with metal elements provide it class and elegance. The shop’s products are then accentuated through pendant lights positioned above the counter.

 BOOTH 11: Kusina Aduana
MEMBERS: Chelsea Chua, Pau Alarilla, Kat Garcia, Janessa Nakata

​Kusina Aduana offers a modern rustic design with a touch of Filipino elements. The modern rustic style brings warmth to spaces and adds timeless profiles to the contemporary designs. It embraces nature-inspired textures while making use of simple and earthy colors. Natural wood and stones are prominent in this kitchen design. Modern kitchen cabinets and appliances are incorporated in the space for a contemporary look alongside Filipino accessories such as rattan weave, palayok are used.

Station No. 15
MEMBERS: Sophia Aguado, Alecsa Alcantara, Rani Lorenzana, Naomi Estiva
The designers proposed to repurpose the storage room as a co-working bar of the old Tanduay Fire Station in Paco, Manila. 
​The design embraces the old fire station by retaining the bricks, archways, and the metal works in the spiral staircases. To incorporate the steampunk style, pipes, gears, and metallic tones are also used to achieve that edgy look. By re-constructing its original structure and adding features of the steampunk genre, the designers create a new atmosphere that is both nostalgic and fresh.

​The fire station turned to co-working bar was envisioned to cater to students and entrepreneurs looking for a conducive space to get work done. Unlike your conventional working spaces, Station no. 15 offers an environment that is more relaxed, creative, and liberating. This gives the space a redefinition in the curves of Manila, serving a new purpose to the modern Manileno.

#SAVETHEDATE : JUXTAPOSE: Espasyo at Panahon will be at Santolan Town Plaza in San Juan from October 1-31, Monday-Sunday, 10am -8pm.

JUXTAPOSE proudly shares this celebration of heritage and ingenuity with Abenson, All Home, Apo Floors, Boysen, Cafe Ilustrado, 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.



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