Filipino architects design easy-to-construct COVID-19 quarantine facilities

  • A team of architects designed easy-to-construct emergency quarantine facility
  • They shared their designs online so everyone could edit, improve and build
  • He said the central idea for the facility is “speed, speed, speed”

To help ensure that there would be enough facilities in the coming days in response to the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the country, a team of Filipino architects designed easy-to-construct quarantine facility.

Image by William Ti via Facebook

According to GMA News, Arch.William Ti and his friends made the designs to augment the capacities of Philippine hospitals who are unable to accept more patients due to lack of facilities. This is also to prevent persons under investigation (PUIs) to be forced to go home and infect other individuals.

Having horizontal structure with a wooden frame wrapped in a protective plastic skin as design, the facilities can accommodate 15 beds, a testing box, sanitation and disinfection areas and a nurse’s lounge.

It is well-lit and well-ventilated. The design enables airflow to travel in a single direction while the height and depth of the pavilion helps in quicker dissipation of heat thereby making it less stiffing.

Ti shared his designs on Facebook. He said, “As architects we have been very conscious about being idle and thinking what we can do as we watch our beloved city fall into the grip of the coronavirus pandemic.”

The architect said they are sharing their designs online so everyone could edit, improve and build their own. The project takes about 2-3 days to build.

In an update shared by the architect on Saturday, construction at the Manila Naval Hospital and Army General Hospital has started. They are planning to make 15 facilities, seven of which are already funded.

Image by William Ti via Facebook

On the other hand, they would be needing P2.8-million more to fund the other eight facilities since making one has an estimate cost of P350,000.

Ti, as shared by Manila Bulletin, said the project has to be done now since people need not to wait and just watch the virus slowly eats away communities. He said the central idea for the facility is “speed, speed, speed.”

Image by William Ti via Facebook