Project Urban Block by WTA Architecture

Project Urban Block

Project Urban Block
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A massive addition to the series of slender towers in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines, The Urban Block stands as a visual anchor in contrast to its neighbors.

Project Urban Block
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With a gross floor area of 34,000 square meters over an 8,300 square meter prime property, it envelopes a mixed-use program comprised mainly of offices and retail with events center and sports facilities.

Project Urban Block
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The cubic form stands in stark contrast to the existing and future point towers of BGC – adding an iconic element to the structure.
This form also maximizes the allowable floor-area ratio to a much lower height and entails huge floor plates that allow flexibility in office and retail planning as well as multiple connectivity that creates a stronger core centrality.

Project Urban Block
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This centrality increases activity and maximizes foot traffic by allowing seamless and convenient travel throughout the complex. To make the massive block permeable, an urban valley is created in the base levels.

Project Urban Block
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This attracts activities and foot traffic while functioning as the main public space of the building. On all sides of the upper floors, campus decks that serve as interactive flexible spaces with various activities create punctures to the facade.

Project Urban Block
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A solar well is also integrated to allow filtered and indirect natural light into the structure’s core. On top of it is a cooling pond that acts as a wading and reflecting pool for the urban park.

Project Urban Block
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Clothing the entire structure is an ETFE skin that makes The Urban Block appear softer while aiding in minimizing solar heat gain. Source by WTA Architecture.

Project Urban Block
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Location: Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Philippines
Architects: WTA Architecture, + Design Studio
Awards: Shortlisted, World Architecture Festival 2015
Area: 8,299 sq. m.
Storeys: 19
Year: 2014
Images: Courtesy of WTA Architecture

Project Urban Block
Site Plan
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Upper Grounf Floor Plan
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Roof Floor Plan
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