Note: This is a paper produced under the Internship Program of the Center for Intramuros Studies

Project Overview

The interns of the Intramuros Administration from the University of Santo Tomas College of Architecture School Year 2020-2021 were tasked to propose a development that will address the identified need/s or problem/s found in their assigned blocks, which are Blocks 45, 46, and 56 in Intramuros. With careful consideration, the interns/researchers have identified the main problem of the area which is the absence of space dedicated to working beyond work hours for students and working individuals. There are numerous schools and office buildings within Intramuros and by providing a facility that is open 24/7, it will help the users in increasing their productivity as well as help them in creating connections within the community.

For this project, the interns proposed a co-working space that will utilize the architectural facadism approach of adaptive reuse to the existing pre-war structure located on Block 45. This approach will allow innovation that fits the 21st century style of architecture while retaining the original identity of the structure of being a relic of war. It will also highlight the architectural and historical significance of the structure since these characteristics will be preserved in order to commemorate the historical event, World War II. There are currently less than 10 pre-war structures standing in Intramuros, including the mentioned structure on Block 45. With this, the researchers have carefully thought of utilizing this structure as part of their proposal in order for it to be revitalized and be more appreciated by the public, especially its own community.

Keywords: Adaptive Reuse, Facadism, Pre-war, World War II, Innovation, Co-working Space

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This Project Proposal was completed in July 2021 under the internship of the following:

Christine Ang

I am currently on my final year as a student of the College of Architecture at the University of Santo Tomas. I have a rebellious and stubborn streak, my friends say. And I enjoy nice afternoons, reading, listening to music, and playing video games.

Danine Chelzy F. Bonayon

I am currently an architecture student at the University of Santo Tomas. I like to do digital art and watch documentaries during my free time. I also enjoy doing outdoor activities/sports such as football, ultimate frisbee, biking and hiking. In the near future, I see myself building my own architectural firm with side businesses.

Cedric Dai

I am a student at the University of Santo Tomas College of Architecture and I envision myself as an architect who contributes ideas for the well-being of the community. Whenever I’m not doing academic work, you can find me playing online games, reading books, and playing with my dogs.


  • Ramil TIBAYAN
  • Rancho ARCILLA

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