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