Elephant Grounds Manila, located in the Fort Bonifacio District’s newest mixed-use development, One Bonifacio Tower and One Bonifacio High Street, is the the first International site for the Hong Kong-based Elephant Grounds brand. In Hong Kong, Elephant Grounds is a destination cafe and restaurant establishment founded by both Kevin Poon and Gerald Li. Hong Kong-based Designer, JJ Acuna, worked with both Poon and Li on three locations in Hong Kong, with the Manila location their fourth overall project together.
The usual materials and textures of two timber types and the usage of orange fabric, black metal and live plants, found in all originally Hong Kong locations, are also applied in the Manila flagship. However, new Manila-only details like the use of slate flooring for the floor finish and the application of black concrete blocks are introduced as a localised Manila twist to the brand’s spatial elements.