DORMUS Showroom Opening

Manila Dormitory Opening

Now you can see and feel our units LIVE! DORMUS Showroom Opening March 7, 2013, Thursday, 10:00 AM. We are also accepting Reservations now! Be part of the EXCLUSIVE FEW who will experience myDorm’s LEARNING/LIVING LIFESTYLE! Only 162 beds available. Come and visit us at 1302 Espana Boulevard, Sampaloc, Manila. Big Discounts and special freebies will be given to the first FEW RESERVEES, plus having the chance to choose choice beds and units. All units are fully furnished with 24/7 security and free WiFi access.

Showroom Hours: From 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Mondays to Saturdays

Call or Text 09178693676 (09178-MYDORM)

DORMUS Update 19 December 2012: Renovation Full Speed Ahead!

Renovation 19 December 2012
Wall partitioning for myPod rooms. Renovation 19 December 2012

Renovation is now on full speed for DORMUS Boutique Living Spaces.  Full retrofitting of major structural components like floor and ceiling beams on-going and partitioning for the different myPod rooms now commencing.

The contractor has committed to finishing renovation by March 31, 2013.

Please browse photos below to see progress of construction and renoavtion.

 

DORMUS Update: Macaraeg Building Now Undergoing Internal Demolition

DORMUS Construction Update: Demolition
A View of Third Floor Space with internal demolition and clearing for DORMUS myPod+ and myPod units.

Starting last October 24, WSO Construction began demolishing the internal structures inside the Macaraeg Building to give way to the birth of the DORMUS Boutique Living Spaces.  The internal structures undergoing demolition involve the inner walls, wooden floors in the mezzanine and other concrete and wooden structures.

The demolition process is expected to last for 14 working days in time for the official start of the renovation on November 15, 2012.

Here are photo updates of the demolition process:

 

UST Flooding and Being Stranded Again: You Should be Living in DORMUS

UST FLOODING ADVISORY: From the Office of the Secretary-General

Due to the large number of students stranded inside the campus and on the road as an aftermath of the sudden downpour followed by a flash flood that lasted until early morning, CLASSES IN ALL LEVELS are SUSPENDED today 11 SEPTEMBER 2012, to allow them to go home and rest.

Another newsflash regarding UST flooding that is seemingly becoming more frequent nowadays. And yes, you were one of the more than a thousand students who were stranded within the confines of the flooded UST campus in the night of September 10, 2012.

And because you could not catch a jeepney or a taxi or you wouldn’t risk your car stalling in the almost knee-deep flood along Lacson Avenue, you again stayed the night over in one of the buildings in UST.

UST Flooding1 10 September 2012
Amid the sudden downpour of rain, flood rose at the UST campus Monday night leaving students stranded. Photo by Rodolfo Serafin Jerome Lozada, The Varsitarian

Other photos from the Varsitarian.net:

How easy it could have been if you could just wear your rain boots and walked just a few hundred meters away to your ‘home’ away from home just across Espana Boulevard.

No need for waiting for hours for a jeepney, bus or taxi that would not come. No need to stay in your car stuck in the middle of traffic in a flooded side street of Sampaloc. Goodbye to UST flooding with just a few steps.

How life could be easier if you could just walk away from all these concerns and come home to DORMUS.

Read GMANews account of the UST Flooding last September 10, 2012

Avoid UST Flooding and Being Stranded – Live in DORMUS

DORMUS is strategically located just across UST along Espana Boulevard and just a stone’s throw away from the Far Eastern University and other learning institutions. Aside from having a sanctuary that is a few minutes walk away, living in DORMUS does away with the problems of long commutes, early wake-up calls and transportation expenses.

Avoid UST Flooding - Live in Dormus

And being flooded in poses the danger of lack of food supplies and basic necessities.  Have no fear,  DORMUS is near convenience stores, a drugstore and restaurants:

  • A 24-hour 7-11 convenience store is in the same block
  • Restaurants and food shops are just nearby: Shakey’s Pizza and Goldilocks Bakeshop is in the next block
  • McDonald’s, KFC, Pancake House, TokyoTokyo, Bonchon Chicken, Reyes’ Barbecue are all conveniently located at the UST Car Park, just a few minutes’ walk away.
  • Starbucks coffee shop is located just around the corner along P. Noval street
  • Mercury Drug is two minutes away by foot

Next time, before you get caught stranded again with the next great flood, would you rather be living in DORMUS already?

Phoenix Rising: DORMUS Revitalizes Espana Boulevard

DORMUS Revitalizes Espana Boulevard

Just like the proverbial Phoenix rising from the ashes, DORMUS breathes new life to a rundown but structurally-stable building along Espana Boulevard and transforms it into a world-class, iconic landmark.  Befitting of a structure that fronts four ‘National Cultural Treasures‘ within the University of Santo Tomas campus, DORMUS is seen to revitalize the area with its unique, bold and minimalist facade clad with the colors of grey and amber.

The Macaraeg building, which has been unoccupied for years, used to house Manila’s coolest rock bar, Mayric’s Bar (and soon-thereafter, Sazi’s Bar) where great bands were born. It was where local pop bands like Moonstar88 and Barbie’s Cradle started before getting famous and going mainstream.

Sazi's Bar Poster
Poster from Muffiband.net

As this blog entry noted, the buidling is full of history:

“Manila’s coolest rock bar, Mayrics is a place where great bands are born. The legendary underground rock joint in the city’s university belt top bills homegrown rock journeymen The Jerks, reggae old hands Cocojam, durable swingin’ and boppin’ Put3ska, and gospel-preaching hard rockers Battery.”

However, the famous rock bar fell into dire straits and had to close shop at the end of May 2012.  Except for some mom-and-pop shops in its ground floor offering copy and printing services, the building was mostly unoccupied which fast became an eyesore.

Read more about Mayric’s/Sazi’s Bar closing here.

Beginning September 2012, the building will figuratively take flight again, just like the proverbial bird that rose from the ashes.  The historic building will not be demolished but instead will undergo a complete and dramatic structural and design renovation that will transform it from an eyesore to nothing sort of an iconic landmark.  The building, which has been inspected and tested by engineers, is still structurally sound and strong.  It will be retrofitted inside and out, with major changes in floor layouts, use and function.

From mostly commercial units rented out for various services, the building will be completely be converted to a myDorm, Inc.‘s Boutique Living Spaces first project named DORMUS.  The structure with its new name and design concept will afford its residents a university lifestyle that is modern, clean, comfortable, refreshing, convenient, social and hip. With DORMUS as its first project,  myDorm, Inc. raises dormitory living to a new level of comfort, security, safety, convenience, classiness and sociability. DORMUS will definitely be a cut above the rest of the run-of-the-mill student accommodations that abound in the area.

The complete architectural design for the renovation of the Macaraeg building was done by Jagnus Design Studios, the ‘genuises’ behind the beautiful design of the Ronac Art Center, the iconic building along Oritgas Avenue in San Juan.  It is headed by Arch. Sonny Suñga and Arch. Arnold Austria, both alumni of the College of Architecture of the University of Santo Tomas.

For more updates regarding myDorm, Inc. and DORMUS, please like myDorm Living Boutique Spaces Facebook Page.

See other renderings of DORMUS:

 

myDorm’s First Project DORMUS Name and Design Unveiled

Dormus Boutique Living Space

Jagnus Design Studio, the trailblazing architectural firm that created the iconic Ronac Art Studio, finally unveiled their design concept for myDorm, Inc.‘s first boutique living spaces project in Espana Boulevard in Sampaloc.

Termed DORMUS, the name and design concept conjures images of a university lifestyle that is modern, clean, comfortable, refreshing, convenient, social and hip.

Dormus
Combined from the words Dorm (colloquial word for dormitory or student living quarters) and Domus (private family residence of modest to palatial proportions, found primarily in ancient Rome and Pompeii), the DORMUS name embodies the learning and living lifestyle of myDorm, Inc.   that raises dormitory living to a new level of comfort, security, safety, convenience, classiness and sociability.  DORMUS will definitely be a cut above the rest of the run-of-the-mill student accommodations that abound in the area.

Jagnus Design Studios was carefully chosen to bring concretize myDorm Inc.‘s vision of creating a boutique living space in the university area, to breathe life into a nondescript boulevard with a structure that will not only be eye-catching but iconic as well.  Sleek, modern and minimalist, the DORMUS structure will be a statement in itself. It is a monochromatic cement-grey canvass interspersed with bold thick and thin lines of darker grey and shimmering amber-colored glass panels that provides warmth and a nice golden glow to the facade.  Its extraordinary design with be married with energy-saving building elements and facilities to provide not only aesthetics but functionality and sustainability as well.

Though minimal in design elements in its exterior, DORMUS, on the other hand, abounds with amenities and conveniences in its interiors: hip and social meetings room including a fully-functional covered/open events area in its roofdeck with commercial stalls for various services like laundry, print and copy and vending machines.  It also features keycard entry in all accesses to corridors and common areas, closed-circuit television (CCTV) surveillance monitoring, high-speed broadband WiFi internet access, smoke detectors and sprinkler systems, air-conditioned purified/negatively-ionized breathing air and LED lighting in all rooms and common areas.

DORMUS myPod

DORMUS is the first project of myDorm, Inc that incorporates a revolutionary self-contained living pod for the dormitory residents called  MyPod / myPod+ that maximizes space, functionality, convenience and privacy.  It features ample study, storage and sleeping quarters for DORMUS residents by incorporating efficient design concepts like multi-use functional spaces.

Jagnus Design Studios, main architects and design partners of DORMUS, is headed by Arch. Sonny Suñga and Arch. Arnold Austria, both alumni of the College of Architecture of the University of Santo Tomas.

Total renovation of the existing building onsite is slated to start September 2012 DORMUS expected to open its doors in June 2013, in time for the commencement of schoolyear 2013-2014.  Reservations will be open as soon as September 15, 2012.

For more updates regarding myDorm, Inc. and DORMUS, please like myDorm Living Boutique Spaces Facebook Page.

See other Photos of DORMUS:

myDorm, Inc. Commissions Jagnus Design Studio for DORMUS Project

myDorm, Inc. recently commissioned Jagnus Design Studio to do the architectural and interior designs for DORMUS, the first of its Boutique Living Spaces project España Boulevard in the heart of the University Belt in Manila.

Jagnus Design Studio
The ‘iconic’ Ronac Art Center along Ortigas Avenue designed by Jagnus Design Studio.

Jagnus Design Studios is the architectural firm behind Ronac Art Center, the iconic building along Oritgas Avenue in San Juan.

It is headed by Arch. Sonny Suñga and Arch. Arnold Austria, both alumni of the College of Architecture of the University of Santo Tomas.

myDorm, Inc. chose Jagnus Design Studio for its project to give a new breath of life along the nondescript building-lined España Boulevard.

With Jagnus Design Studio in charge of the architectural and interior design of DORMUS, a new ‘iconic landmark’ is expected to be born in the midst of the university belt.  Total renovation of an existing building onsite is slated to start September 2012 and the new boutique dormitory is expected to open its doors in June 2013, in time for the commencement of schoolyear 2013-2014.

To view the projects of Jagnus Design Studio, please browse the gallery below.  All photos are from Jagnus Design Studio Facebook Page

Read more about Architects Sunga and Austria here.

For more updates regarding myDorm, Inc. and DORMUS, please like myDorm Living Boutique Spaces Facebook Page.

Opening Soon: myDorm First Project DORMUS

Soon to rise: myDorm First Project DORMUS, just in front of the sprawling University of Santo Tomas campus.  Incorporating the best of design, form, functionality, security, safety and sustainability, myDorm will “raise dormitory living to a new level”!
myDorm Espana Opening Soon
DORMUS is the premier student dormitory strategically located in front of the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. Its location, list of amenities and conveniences raise dormitory living to a new level.

DORMUS offers ergonomically and meticulously-designed and engineered spaces for
optimal living and learning lifestyle:

worry-free security

  • keycard entry
  • guarded 24/7 professional security personnel
  • closed-circuit television (CCTV) surveillance

seamless connectivity

  • free high-speed broadband WiFi access

utmost safety

  • smoke detectors and sprinkler systems
  • easy access to fully-operable re exits,
  • water hoses/ re emergency equipment in all oors

unparalleled convenience

  • separate toilets and baths per room
  • electric and water meters per room at residential rates
  • free housekeeping services
  • optional meal plans to be delivered regularly
  • myPod+ (mini-fridge microwave oven & coee machine)
  • laundry services
  • 24-hour generator set

sustainable/health-promoting comfort

  • air-conditioned puried/negatively-ionized breathing air
  • Light-Emitting Diodes (LED) lighting
  • self-limiting water faucets
  • low-volume water closets
  • low-wattage water heaters
  • energy-saving building design and construction

hip sociability

  • multi-purpose meeting spaces
  • member-only, interactive and engaging online community
  • regularly scheduled social activities and events

DORMUS is set to fully open June 2013, in time for the coming schoolyear 2013-2014.

For more updates regarding myDorm, Inc. and DORMUS, please like myDorm Living Boutique Spaces Facebook Page.