Manila House

Red Magazine - - Inspired -

Lon­don, New York, and Ber­lin have seen the rise of pri­vate clubs hous­ing the city’s busi­ness­men and literati. Here, what you can call the lo­cal coun­ter­part of Soho House will open shortly in Manila. “The con­cept of the Manila House blends the tra­di­tion of the British gen­tle­man’s club with the more con­tem­po­rary clubs that cater to the cre­ative classes,” says Bam­bina Oli­vares, spokesper­son of Manila House. De­signed by Gert Voor­jans, the pri­vate club at­tracts a glam­orous cast of Manila’s cre­ative crowd: from the realms of busi­ness, art, food, pol­i­tics, and cul­ture. Gone are the sti­fling stone ed­i­fices that de­fined the clubs of the pre­vi­ous era; “Voor­jans works in a won­der­fully lay­ered man­ner,” says Oli­vares, “with doses of wit and hu­mor that make his spaces feel in­ti­mate in­stead of alien­at­ing.” Mem­bers can revel in art­work cu­rated by the Metropoli­tan Mu­seum of Manila, as well as lec­tures, film show­ings, and din­ners in the club’s Filipino and Ja­panese restau­rants.

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