Last July 2016, Silverlens suffered a painful loss when its warehouse—filled with the owners’ personal collection, plus the work of 40 artists—was gutted by a fire.
It took Silverlens co-founder Isa Lorenzo a month to recover with the support of partner Rachel Rillo. It’s a good thing they had something huge to look forward to.
Like Phoenix rising from the ashes, Silverlens has said goodbye to its former location at 2320 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension and moves just a meters up to Lapanday Center at 2263 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension.
When Silverlens’ former landlord decided to raise the rent, Isa and Rachel, who started the warehouse gallery movement in Manila in 2006, drove up and down Don Chino Roces Avenue in search of a new location. They stumbled upon another warehouse space that was formerly a commissary of the Pancake House—with a much lower rent.
Continuing its tradition of adaptive reuse, the new Siverlens was designed by Anna Sy of C/S Design.
Its façade is made of panels of polycarbonate material that provides UV protection and thermal insulation.
These stairs lead up to the second level, which houses exhibition spaces, viewing rooms, artist studios, offices and a library, while the ground floor holds an art storage facility, artist’s studios, and a pantry.
Three galleries with bare concrete floors and white walls range from 65 square meters to 150 square meters with a 4.3-meter wall height.
A special feature of the main gallery are the Italian lighting fixtures that were custom-made for Silverlens. The lights are controlled by a mobile phone app that allows it to change direction and temperature.
Using her phone, Rachel showed us how they can easily adjust the lighting, ranging from natural warm sunlight to what Isa describes as “Icelandic” bluish white.
Silverlens Gallery is at Lapanday Center
2263 Don Chino Roces Ave Extension, Makati City 1231
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