Muralla St. corner Anda St.
Intramuros, Manila

Proposed view from Muralla Street corner Anda Street

From Muralla Street, proposed view of Ground Floor entrance to residential wing, facing the Herald Building at left

Front elevation facing Muralla Street

The Hark Building, at the corner of Muralla and Anda Streets, next to Colegio de San Juan de Letran in the Walled City of Intramuros, will consist of a First floor for commercial purposes, and Second and Third (attic) floors for dormitory apartments.  

We meet the Intramuros Administration requirement for "1890s Spanish Filipino architecture" by referring to the Paterno Mansion on Hidalgo Street in Quiapo.  Hark is part of the same complex that contains the Herald Building from the late 1940s, and completes the ironic situation in which an older building - Herald - looks more modern than the younger building - Hark. 
The project is an exploration of the relationship between the character of an architectural envelope and the character of what this envelope contains.  This is somewhat unprecedented in our practice as far as new construction is concerned, aiming as we do for a consistency between exterior and interior.  Our experience with Adaptive Reuse, however, exposed us to the various possibilities of that dialogue between exterior and interior.  In the case of Hark, because of the specificity of Intramuros as the setting, our aim is to demonstrate that dialogue between patrimony outside and modernity inside.