I first visited Pinoy Hideout, the full region designed by Neva Crystall for Kate Gavin, in November 2014, and found it to be a peaceful setting with much to see and enjoy. The region has now been redesigned, again by Neva, to become somewhat more cosmopolitan in places whilst also retaining a rural feel as well.
The urban section of the new design looks to be leaning towards a retail venue, many of the building appearing to offer ideal space for stores. The buildings themselves present an interesting mix of styles, giving the streets a curious and engaging feel that small parts of London, Paris and Naples have been lifted up, mixed together, and then put back down in an eye-catching bend of looks and feel.
Walk down the main west / east street for example, and you might be strolling along a street in North London, with square-fronted Victorian / Georgian style houses rising from the footpath, against which are parked a little Mini Cooper and an Aston Martin, suggesting (yes, OK, colours allowing!) Charlie Croker and James Bond are in town.
Turn a couple of corners, however and you are walking a little street with a far more European look and feel, complete with Parisian newspaper / magazine kiosk, a little Vespa scooter parked alongside. Crossing the east end of the region sits a waterfront area, with stone pier complete with moored sailing boats, giving Pinoy Hideout a touch of a Mediterranean feel.
To the north and south of the region are more open spaces, rural to north, complete with farm and country church, and more park-like to the south, where sits a large wooden events barn, paved footpaths and a gazebo-shaded seating area.
Exploring the region offers up many opportunities for photography, as well as for simply sitting down and enjoying time with friends. As well as the gazebo mentioned above, there’s an outdoor cafe, park benches and assorted cuddle spots awaiting discovery, as are little paths cutting between building and the rocky plateaus which help to naturally break-up the landscape.
I enjoyed my original visit to Pinoy Hideout back in November, it offered an interest mix of settings as well as presenting people with a lot to do. The new design retains all of the latter; but to my eye at least, presents a much more integrated look as one travels around it; there is far more of a feel of continuity of style and theme evident than perhaps was offered in the original design. This alone makes a re-visit more than worthwhile, and it’ll be interesting to see if designers and stores do take-up residence in the offered spaces, assuming they will be made available for rent, and to see what events might take place in the barn on the south side of the region.