‘Rare’ Art Deco wooden school in Binondo demolished

With its fast-changing landscape now dominated by skyscrapers and residential buildings, the district of Binondo in Manila has again lost an important heritage structure with the demolition of the Art Deco Philippine Su Kuang Institute building on Masangkay St.

Ivan Man Dy, founder of the advocacy group Art Deco Philippines, said the building was the last wooden Art Deco school not only in Binondo but most possibly in Manila.

He explained that the building was a rare example of that type of architecture distinguishable through the lines and geometric designs, the term derived from the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Dcoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris, France.

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