UP Interior Design students breathe new life into a tired 22-year-old Kalinga Day Care Center
'Project Kalinga: Nurturing Spaces for the Future ' draws inspiration from treehouses in designing Kalinga Day Care Center's interiors
January 17, 2020
Written by Gabbie de la Cruz
“Daycare centers act as a midway between homes and the idea of a schooling system. We based our design on the concept of treehouses as a collaborative space between adults and children,” says UP BSID class of 2020. As part of their capstone course ID 179, batch 2020 BS Interior Design students from the University of the Philippines Diliman chose the Kalinga Day Care Center as their beneficiary.
With the course involving planning, designing, and executing the project, the students, despite their number, managed to finish Project Kalinga within a semester. The entire design process covered everything from conceptualization to construction. UP BSID batch 2020 shares that they renovated only the public spaces as classrooms will be shouldered by a different sponsor.
The ‘Project Kalinga’ team
1. Reception Area & Teachers’ Room Design Team
a) Mikee Arevalo – CAD Operator & Procurement
b) Catherine Asejo – Site Coordinator & Quality Control
c) Sophia Teaño – Externals & Publicity Co-Head
2. Recreation Area Design Team
a) Gaille Marquez – Secretariat & Procurement
b) Dana Sangalang – Project Head
c) Steffi Yuquimpo – Design Co-Head & Finance Head
3. Kitchen Area, Storage, and Toilet Room Design Team
a) Erielle Ekong – Quality Control & Site Coordinator
b) Clement Ignacio – Design Head
c) Rizza Tabios – Procurement & Quality Control
d) Angela Titular – Externals & Publicity Co-Head
The center is now designed with wood finishes inspired by woody treehouses, with splashes of colors incorporated to make the design appealing to children. “We wanted the design to reflect our goal of creating a growing, imaginative, and learning environment,” says UP BSID batch 2020. Apart from renovating the center, the students also opted to apply minimal changes to the floor plan to maximize on spatial measures that were already effective. “We also wanted to show that the design and layout also accommodates and attends to the needs of the adults,” they share.
Kalinga Day Care Center is located at 101 Aglipay St, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City. It started as a project of the UP Center for Women’s Studies (UP CWS), and the UP CWS Foundation, Inc. (UPCWSFI).
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