WTA Architecture and Design Studio is one of the Top 10 Architectural Firms in the Philippines in 2018 as cited by BCI Asia. It is multidisciplinary group of young and idealistic architects and interior designers, and urban planners and engineers based in Manila, Philippines. The office participates in a wide range of design activities with a focus in socially relevant designs geared towards beautifying Manila and building a better city. WTA focuses on finding solutions for the dichotomy of big and small projects, and simple and complex ideas. The firm emphasizes its strong focus on ideas and the design process where programs are broken down and evolved in the studio and projected towards the surrounding community and city.

To date, WTA has worked on luxury residences and condominium towers suburban mass and housing and skyscrapers, branch offices and corporate headquarters, dormitories and luxury hotels, retail shops and shopping center. This time-condensed wide range of expenses has allowed us to explore and anticipate the urban trends and growth patterns in our city. Our projects continue to explore the possibilities for the city of tomorrow and to develop exciting new ideas for how we live, work and enjoy in our built environment.

As part of our focus on the development of experiences and ideas, WTA partnered with a variety of urban change agents like Artesan Prime Properties (a design-oriented urban property developer), the Book Stop Project (a data gathering and book distribution and proliferation urban research device), and Anthology Architecture and Design Festival Manila (the largest celebration of architecture and design in the Philippines). The studio also explores collaborative projects with government offices and institutions as well as conducting a semiannual design workshop focusing on concept and ideas for different parts of Manila.

WTA Architecture and Design Studio, founded in 2007 by its principal architect, William Ti. Ti Jr., is a collaborative office headed by William together with Melissa Mae Tan, Elmer Suerte, Kenneth Yu, and Ricardo Alina. It is a Filipino architectural design firm composed of over 90 architects and designers working on over 400 projects in different stages of development all over the Philippines.

 

Projects (partial list)

Chua Residence

The design of the house relates the indoor and outdoor spaces, bringing the user closer to nature.

Due to the structure's size, the design also aims to ground and control the scale. The design is anchored by making use of stone finishes at the lower level while the upper level makes use of wood and light colors, adding warmth to the palette. It is then capped off with expansive rooms that seemingly float above the structure.

Upon entering the property, the user is greeted by large open areas and gardens. The greenery can then also be experienced from the inside as multiple large openings allow for multiple views of the outdoors. This brings in plenty of light and allows for natural ventilation. This semi-permeable design gives a feeling of being secure without being restricted.

 

Tiu Residence

 

Fish House

Situated in Malabon City, Metro Manila is a two-storey sanctuary for a young and growing family. Covering about 420 square meters, Fish House is a lofty private residence of modern design fit for a contemporary lifestyle.

Every space is turned into place, every space is utilized so as to create a tranquil home to cradle and sustain the needs and desires of a thriving family. It houses three bedrooms and a guest room, a four-slot carport, and a spacious garden.

It is designed to let in ample natural light while still maintaining privacy and security of the residents. The relaxing feel of natural stones complemented by a neutral color palette add to the calming, light, and airy ambience of the house – inspiring the dispositions of its residents. The linear and boxy appearance of Fish House is punctuated by vibrant and cheerful colors complemented with neutral stone accents.

 

C3 Residence

The 1190 sq.m. lot is located in a private subdivision in Mandaluyong City. The program calls for a 3 house family compound, that will encourage familial interaction, while still providing privacy in their individual homes. From the outside, the residence appears to be one unified structure. However, upon entering the main foyer, the distinction between units is made apparent by the common open spaces that weave a connection from home to home. The spaces in the individual homes are all oriented inwards, towards the grand lawn and lap pool, providing a reprieve from the outside world.

 

The Carmen Hotel

With a flowing cladding echoing the Naga River, The Carmen - a 4-storey boutique hotel - welcomes its guest to discover the serenity of a waterfront in Naga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines. Standing on a 2,415-square meter property with a gross floor area of 3,100 square meters, it services 45 guest rooms supported by amenities and provisions for retail at the ground floor.

Located in the busiest road of city, the project refines an existing structure chosen to be converted into a four-star hotel. the position of the actual building and the setup of the surroundings make any natural view difficult to frame from the front facade. Starting from this, the approach was to design the building with an inward orientation, leading to the main point of interest of the site - the Naga River, where numerous festivities such as the famous Penafrancia Festival take place. This concept of introversion leads the eyes of passersby to a set of teasers, serving as a preview of what lies inside the hotel.

The Carmen develops a set of visual cues inviting its users into its inner charm and engaging them to a sequence of discovery stages gradually unfolding to the serene pool deck at the back with an admirable view of the Naga river. The facade reflects the general concept of the project by draping the building through a dense aluminum cladding in wood finish. Lifted from the ground, the opening created allows people to peek through the building interior. The palette in hues of white, black, and brown maintain the serenity of its clean, minimalist massing.

The pool deck - abundant with natural wood tones and lush greens - heading toward the river is designed to frame its view, making the Carmen Hotel the perfect place to witness the renowned Penafrancia River Festival.

 

Hongji Gardens

Located in the Bay vicinity, the structure aims to mimic the organic character of water, moving away from the cubical shapes of other neighboring developments within the area. The interior design features quality material to maximize the comfort of its users.

 

Twelve Luxury Flats

The practicality of vertical living meets the comfort of an urban townhouse in this sixteen-storey residential condominium rising on a 586 square meter lot in an upscale neighborhood in San Juan City, Metro Manila, Philippines. Each of the twelve luxurious residential flats is housed on its own exclusive and unique floor with a generous area of 258 square meters per unit. These combined with two storeys of commercial units and another storey for amenities result to a gross floor area of 6,400 square meters.

In Twelve Luxury Flats, each unit is programmed to have generous spaces with day lighting and ventilation on all four faces of every unit. At one floor per unit, it offers the luxury of living in an expansive space with unrestricted views.

The residential units are planned to cater to a unique setting of both private moments and social gatherings. The plan centers around a living and dining suite bounded by floor to ceiling windows that open up to a luxurious veranda. This personal yet very open space allows for a blurring of the indoor and outdoor and creates an affinity with the sky.

In form, the verandas sweep in and out creating an organic profile with its soft curves and clean flowing contour contrasting to its solid white and grey palette - humanizing the otherwise cold feel of modern contemporary buildings.

This distinct profile coupled with its light scale works with the surrounding streetscape by creating a landmark in this uniquely organic setting instead of dominating and overpowering it.

 

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Phone: (+632) 570 4148 | (+632) 570 3169 | (+632) 570 2945

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