The graduating batch of the Philippine School of Interior Design will mount an exhibition exploring adaptive reuse as a solution to design problems.
Adaptive reuse is the process of reusing old buildings or sites for a purpose other than which it was built for. For the exhibit, entitled “Juxtapose,” interior design students take the challenge of marrying the past and present with designs that breathe new life into historical spaces.
Seventeen booths will be mounted to challenge the audience, proponents of the conservation of cultural heritage, and developers to find creative solutions in the restoration and rehabilitation of historical structures. Juxtapose seeks to help Filipinos further understand our cultural and historical identity.
The exhibition will walk the audience through three galleries, namely Tahanan, Pangkalakal, and Pang-industriya.
Focusing on residential buildings like the iconic bahay na bato, the Tahanan gallery will feature 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.”
Meanwhile, the Pangkalakal gallery will showcase booths reminiscent of the streetscapes of Escolta and Avenida Rizal like the “La Moneda Bookshop and Café,” “CC Café + Creatives,” “Little Café Museum,” “Café 308,” “Kusina Aduana,” and “Below Zero Gelateria.”
Finally, the Pang-industriya gallery will highlight design solutions for old industrial sites as will be demonstrated in the booths “Fit Street,” “Dor-Moderno,” “Station No. 15,” “Polo Estacion,” and Gentleman’s Barber Lounge.
The graduation exhibit will be held on Oct. 1-31 at the penthouse of Santolan Town Plaza in San Juan City.
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