The largest local construction and builders fair, Philconstruct, opened its doors to members of the design community as it showcased the latest building technology and products. With over 600 participants this year, the fair proved, once again, to be one of the best resource venues for the design and construction trade.
This year’s theme, Philippine Eco-tourism: Interior Design in Resort Facilities Using Sustainable Materials, aimed to promote the use of ‘green’ materials in the design of resorts and tourist-oriented structures.
Making our way through the maze-like aisles was like going through an obstacle course with its not so ample width and plethora of people jostling for free space. We saw many familiar suppliers and manufacturers as we wove our way towards the far side of the exhibit venue to reach our intended destination, the 9th Estilo de Vida Inter-school Interior Design Competition.
Students from the nation’s leading Interior Design schools were asked to submit plans and perspectives of their vision of an ecologically designed resort lobby. Distinguished members of the architecture and interior design profession were asked to rate each presentation and the top three designs were chosen to be presented at the Philconstruct fair.
This year’s top three designs and student designers each had their own particular take on the theme.
Booth 1 was designed by Jesy Christopher Cruz from the Philippine School of Interior Design. Inspired by the ‘Bahay na Bato’, his bold use of dark wood in the reception area emphasizes the horizontal, curved lines of the desk design as it contrasts and blends well with the slanted vertical lines of the back wall.
Recessed lighting follows the slanted line theme as it cuts across the ceiling and bears down on the raised walls in the same slanted theme. His walls slant and angle and overlap each other in textured panels that create visual interest. His choice of colors is neutral and subdued which he uses as a fitting backdrop to his furniture in muted shades of blue, green, and beige. He accents this with rust colored throw pillows, fabric details, and area rug trim which pick up from the color of the earthen tiles used as wall accent.
“The coffee area, which was envisioned to have a little more comfort and privacy, was inspired by the farmer’s bench under a shed in the middle of a rice field.” – Jesy Christopher Cruz
Main sitting area in colors that mimic a calm sea.
Secondary sitting area just off the reception desk.
A simple, curvaceous side chair gives a languid feel to the setting.
PSID student/designer, Jesy Christopher Cruz.
Entrance to “Bahay na Bato’ inspired resort lobby
The second booth on show was designed by Adriel San Juan from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.
Drawing inspiration from Baybay shores, Adriel has this to say about his booth, “Philippine rural fishermen is the main concept of the design. Everything that can be seen there is significant to our country, we’re surrounded by bodies of water, with the presence of ‘banca’, we bathe onto the grace of natural resources that give it an ingenious choice and fits thoroughly the design problem and resort atmosphere.”
Adriel’s open plan creates a free-flowing space for easy access. He anchors this with his main reception desk painted in mottled shades of blue echoing the ripples of the sea. A dark, solid backdrop grounds the setting and is an apt foil to the ubiquitous ‘banca’ that is mounted on the back wall.
Adriel uses pale shades of blue, green, and cream on his accent pieces which blend well with the light colored slatted wood walls. Interesting details of abaca rope twined and knotted serve as visual dividers and base for hanging light fixtures.
With recycling in mind, he uses old tires which he painted in pastel shades and topped off with glass to create interesting accent tables. An old electric fan cover is painted black and attached to a lighting fixture wrapped in abaca rope which he drops from the ceiling to shed light over the sitting area.
Old tires are painted and recycled to create cocktail tables
Abaca rope is twined around electrical wire to create interesting drop lights
Old fan cover is used as a design element for drop light
Another view of sitting area with resort shop behind
PUP student/designer – Adriel San Juan
The last booth on display was designed by University of the Philippines’ student Liel S. Gardon.
With ‘Verde’ as her main theme, Liel creates an oasis of calm and restfulness as she incorporates elements of nature into her resort design.
“The hues of green, brown, grey, and sunset orange found in nature are used as the color scheme, helping to rejuvenate and revitalize the senses. The resort gardens continue to flow inside, with the interior space featuring plants and vertical gardens.” explains Liel.
The bar and kitchenette area make use of wood in varying tones against a green backdrop.
She incorporates vertical gardens into the interior and uses them as partitions between areas.
Her coffee nook successfully melds design elements from the main lobby with the design elements of the bar and kitchenette creating a transition point between these areas.
Vertical gardens are laid out in a pattern against the reception area back wall. The accent wall is further highlighted by the use of recessed lighting.
Natural colored driftwood serves as base to a table lamp.
Liel swathes natural cotton fabric on wood frames over her sitting areas creating a serene mood to the setting. The fabric also becomes a natural diffuser for the overhead light.
Since its inception nine years ago, Estilo de Vida has been a main attraction in the annual Philconstruct exhibition. This has inspired the organizers to include additional specialty displays that seek to promote local art and artisans. StyleRPA takes a look at these other exhibits in their Art Section’s next issue.