This is the second time I've visited BenCab's ultramodern museum off Baguio’s outskirts (see my first one here). It's about half an hour away from Baguio City and is not a part of Baguio anymore, it's actually in Tuba, Benguet. But never mind the technicalities, BenCab is Baguio.
Entrance is still the same at Php100.00 (Php80.00 for students), and the building is still crisp, modern, and seemed perpetually shrouded in thick mist.
This time I’d like to focus on the architecture of the museum, which in itself is undoubtedly a work of art.
The museum is designed by Architect Raymund Sarmiento, a Hong Kong-based architect who's worked with National Artist for Architecture, Leandro V. Locsin. Construction started in 2008 and was finished a year after.
The design is very modern; clean white walls with a few stone accents, intersecting planes of straight and curved concretes, metal railings, floor to ceiling windows, stark floorings, and a curving half barrel roof.
I have seen these kinds of designs here in our country, but most were half-baked imitations of its western counterparts. Not, the BenCab Museum though, this is the real deal. The design does not stop at the facade, but goes on into the structure's interior. Everything is in perfect synchrony.
And I can almost hear BenCab's reason for choosing this kind of architecture when his works and collection when viewed, looks organic and humanists, in complete contrast with the Le Corbusiean machine design.
Well think about it, what better way to make something stand out than to present it in a totally reversed atmosphere. And succeed in its concept, it totally did.
Km. 6 Asin Road, Tadiangan, Tuba, Benguet
(074) 442-7165 | http://bencabmuseum.org/
Museum hours: Open daily except Mondays, Christmas & New Year 9:00am - 6:00pm
PART OF A 4-DAY BAGUIO SERIES
Trip Itinerary-Summary | People Watching at Burnham Park | Burnham Park’s Orchidarium| Ukay Ukay Stores Revisited | Zola Resto Café
50’s Diner | Veniz Grill Breakfast Buffet | Walking Around Tam-Awan Village | The Art of Tam-Awan | Tam-Awan Café
The Architecture of BenCab Museum | The Art Inside BenCab Museum | Café Sabel | Café by the Ruins | Night Market
The Haunting of the Laperal White House | PNKY Travel Café | The Funky PNKY Travel Café Menu | Camp John Hay’s Eco Trail
Lost Inside Camp John Hay’s Golf Course | Starbucks at Camp John Hay Revisited | Starbucks Global Icon City Mug | Mt Cloud Bookshop
Oh My Gulay! Redux! | The Lights Across Baguio’s Hills | Hotel Veniz | Public Market Pasalubongs