Philippines also known as the ‘sleeping tiger’ in Asia has been steadily establishing its presence region. And with every development, it entails the increasing need for high-class residentials and offices. Architecture student, Miguel Mancilla has designed his project ‘Mixed Use Building’ – a building that serves as a hotel/residential and an office unit.
The mixed-use building is a combination of an office unit and a hotel unit. It was my proposed solution to the increasing problem of unemployed Filipinos and at the same time, an answer on the unending demand of high-class residentials fronting the sea. Hotel levels have an average of 20 units with 32sq.m each floor and office levels maximizes the whole area of the floor.
Every Architect has that one philosophy that they almost always try to integrate it in each of their designs. My design philosophy for this project was “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see”. I wanted my form to look like an art installation that can support the CCP culturally. High-rise buildings leave very small instances for aspiring design, that’s why installations and simple forms were applied to still be able to follow the national building code.
My inspiration came from the cultural diversity present in the area of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). Each side represents a distinct class that can easily describe the district. Namely, Versatility because of how the area can cope up with the different classes present. Diversity, being an area that caters to any individual present that just wants to enjoy the place. And lastly, Admiration, for it being the face of Philippines Architecture as described by professionals.
I think what makes my concept stand out from others is, I derived it from an intangible concept. Meaning fellow designers have to think and see it clearly to understand how it works. I started using concepts that have a deeper meaning so that my design would not look too literal, and would give space for other ideas. My advice for other artists is to try and stand out from the design norm and try to implement new ideas based on your design aspirations. Sketching and visualization are the keys to a good conceptual process.
ABOUT MIGUEL MANCILLA
Miguel is a graduating architecture student from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, School of Design and Arts. The main focus of all the projects he works on is Visual Proxemics. He’s currently practicing Light design and how it can be applied to further enhance a concept effectively. Miguel loves sketching, designing and visualizing almost anything that can be related to his field, stemming from an Architectural Student’s perspective. See more of his works at Behance.