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Casa Roces: Outstanding example of adaptive reuse

At the end of their useful lives as family residences, many old houses are either simply abandoned or demolished. The more fortunate houses are given the chance to repurpose themselves by adapting to accommodate new uses.

Casa Roces stands out as an excellent example of the adaptive re-use of a heritage structure.

What was once a family residence before World War II has been reincarnated as a restaurant, Casa Roces. It hides discreetly behind a high fence along J. P. Laurel Street directly across Malacañang, in a neighborhood so genteel that for generations its residents still prefer to live there quietly, resisting the move to the newer suburbs around the city.