MUST-SEE: Palafox Designs A Condo Inspired by the Iconic El Hogar in Manila
The El Hogar Filipino Building is a century old building in the middle of Manila. Built in 1914 as a wedding present by a Spanish businessman to his wife, El Hogar has stood as a prime example of Philippine architectural design. Palafox, one of Manila’s largest architecture firms, draws inspiration from the Neoclassical building for a 30-something square meter condo.
While this unit is a digital perspective, Palafox made sure to jive the beauty of El Hogar in the small condo space. The unit is intended for a millennial who loves the old but beautiful structure. With the future of El Hogar still in the air, he wanted the condo to be inspired by El Hogar’s grand architecture.
A key feature in the unit is the door between the living area and the bedroom, it is a direct mirror of El Hogar’s windows. Palafox played with a clean and neutral palette with hints of gold. To separate the living room from the kitchen, Palafox used different flooring finishes in the condo. In the kitchen, a mural of El Hogar.
The bedroom is made more elaborate with shapes from the beaux-art style. On the left is a closet and across it is a mini work station.
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This story first appeared in CondoLiving July 2017. Edits have been made for MyHomeDesign.ph. Header image from maxinepanlilio.blogspot.com.