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Commercial Architect in Manila, Philippines

Relish and accentuate exclusive and elite commercial buildings when you partner with APL Architects. Trust that our commercial architecture services in Manila, Philippines will create prime commercial establishments that will reshape the future of merchandising.

What You’ll Get

Architectural Design and Consultancy

We believe that a good design is what makes good construction. APL Architects aim to transform lives through our top-notch designs and offer the best solutions possible for efficient and long-term use, shaping a new future for business establishments.

Interior Design and Setting Up

Our goal is to deliver exceptional interior design and set up so your business can drive more income and value through the establishment. Trust that APL Architects will provide you with interior space propositions and designs that are artistic and fully functional at the same time.

Bidding and Negotiation

APL Architects facilitates the calling for competitive bids. We will help evaluate the bids and select the best-fit contractor for your commercial project.

What is Commercial Architecture?

Commercial architecture refers to buildings in which at least 50% of their floor space is used for commercial purposes. APL Architects specializes in various architectural projects--commercial architecture included--with designs and proposals prepared by our seasoned architects, allowing clients to take part in the planning process through an exchange of design ideas, insights, and concepts of a particular project.

What Types of Buildings Are Within The Scope Of Commercial Architecture?

Essentially, any space, establishment, or dwelling that serves as a commercial place fall under commercial architecture. These include but are not limited to establishments like shopping malls, convenience stores, restaurants, schools, shops, boutiques, police stations, hospitals, hotels, and office spaces.

The Difference Between Residential and Commercial Architecture

Both residential and commercial architecture require quite similar planning, design, and architectural integrity. But there are still key differences in which one could tell whether a dwelling is residential or commercial.

1. Size

Commercial establishments often have more people in them as compared to residential ones. Why is that? Because commercial establishments are usually larger than residential establishments.

Commercial buildings are made larger than residential ones to accommodate more people. With that in mind, the larger sizes often have a significant effect on the overall architectural design than building and designing a home.


2. Building needs


Residential buildings are a place for people to live in. Residential architecture focuses on the inside of the home, providing living spaces, bathrooms, bedrooms, and a functional kitchen. An average home can accommodate a basement or an attic enough to hold a family’s belongings. On the other hand, commercial buildings have many purposes, with a lot of factors affecting the design.


Most commercial buildings require the following:


  • Office spaces

  • Meeting rooms

  • Storerooms

  • Pantries


Commercial buildings hold many sections in different parts of the building. Maintenance personnel need a place to store their equipment. Technicians need access to some building components like generators, electrical and wiring, or plumbing systems to perform regular repairs and maintenance.


3. Distinctive building requirements


As mentioned, many commercial buildings will have a lot of people in them. This differs significantly from a residential home’s building codes and safety requirements housing only about five people.


Commercial buildings often allot architecture and construction specifically for the following distinct requirements:


  • Escalators

  • Elevators

  • Restaurant kitchens

  • Cafeterias

  • Gyms

  • Meeting and conference rooms

  • Operating rooms

  • A play place for kids

  • Theaters

  • Parking structures and spaces

  • Large bathrooms

  • Changing rooms

  • Classrooms

  • Fire exits


4. Creative freedom


Residential architects usually have the creative freedom from clients when designing homes. On the other hand, commercial architects have limitations to their designs, ensuring that each one is aligned with the client’s style, budget, preferences, and requirements for their commercial building. Other than that, commercial architects should also consider the surrounding environment and neighboring buildings.


5. Material specifications


Unlike in the States, wherein most residential buildings are timber-framed, the Philippines reinforces concrete or structural steel. These are the standard design and construction approaches to most building structures. Be it residential, commercial, or institutional. However, special attention should be given to the taller and bigger commercial buildings, requiring specific steel frames to allow resilience in large dwellings, including skyscrapers. Commercial architects carefully choose steel quality and rating while considering that this material requires special and specific constructions techniques.

Exceptional and Value-Based Commercial Architecture

Deliver the best services and reshape the future of business and merchandising with exceptional and value-based commercial architecture.


The world is moving at a rapid speed. In a period of rapid innovation and unprecedented time in history, commercial architects are required to innovate, rethink, and imagine what’s beyond normal. Here at APL Architects, we are committed to delivering next-level commercial architecture services with capitalization in mind, while still sticking to our client’s budget, resources, preferences, and time constraints. Our seasoned architects are dedicated to crafting an exceptional and value-based commercial establishment that will help you fulfill your objectives.


Turn your vision into reality. Take part in the global acceleration of innovation in the field of commercial architecture when you partner with APL Architects.

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