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Freedom to Create at the Arts Building in British School Manila

Architect Ed Calma has recently been featured in two of the leading publications in the country, Town & Country Philippines and Inquirer....

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Ed Calma British School Design

Architect Ed Calma has recently been featured in two of the leading publications in the country, Town & Country Philippines and Inquirer. His latest project, British School Manila’s performing arts building was dubbed as the ‘Anti-Classroom’. It isn’t your typical shoebox stack and open spaces can also be classrooms.

Photo: JL JAVIER – Town & Country Philippines April 2019

Veering away from the traditional and passionate about showing what architecture is really about, he designed the building to cater to students to learn and showcase their art in a variety of pocketed spaces. He believes that these would encourage them to collaborate, brainstorm and explore beyond the confinement of a traditional classroom.

Photo: JAM STA. ROSA – Lifestyle.INQ April 2019

In fact, maybe we don’t need classrooms anymore.

Ed Calma, Town & Country PH April 2019
Photo: JAM STA. ROSA – Lifestyle.INQ April 2019

Each floor has its multi-faceted purpose that supports a variety of art from theatrical & musical performances to insulated studios for music and work spaces for visual artists.

Photo: JL JAVIER – Town & Country Philippines April 2019
Photo: JL JAVIER – Town & Country Philippines April 2019

The building now celebrates the creativity that is about to be created within its walls since Ed has noted the ‘school didn’t really have a face’.

Photo: JAM STA. ROSA – Lifestyle.INQ April 2019

This truly shows that a Calma architectural design has been far away from typical.