10th Place: MALASAKIT
Gabriel Matienzo, John Michael Canero, and Mark Angelo Bautista from University of Santo Tomas aced the competition securing the 10th spot in the finalists of ArchiNEXT 2021’s competition, LINGAP: General Hospital and Extended Emergency Facility.
Their entry, MALASAKIT, is a facility located in Occidental Mindoro where Mangyans, a group of indigenous communities reside. The concern arises when numbers are presented, with the community far behind the bed to patient ratio due to dense population and a sole Level 1 District Hospital.
The holistic approach of the proposal makes it feasible and accessible for the community. It has open spaces for outdoor activities, social interaction, and a breathing space to detach oneself in the stressful environment of the hospital.
The area outside the hospital is an environment for holistic healing, with pavilions and parks for comfort of patients as well as guests. Inside patient rooms, sanitation stations were also considered, placed near entrances so guests will be reminded of the importance of frequent hand washing especially now.
Moreover, the Extended Emergency Facility is inspired by the visual motif of the Mangyans, the Pakudos. This is the design inspiration for the facility that can be made of bamboo pallet flooring. The design is flexible, making it applicable for all types of emergencies and it is capable of being extended if needed.
With this entry, the aim of building a General Hospital is just the foundation of the holistic aim to heal and extend help to those who need it. Instilling this idea with respect to the culture and identity of the Mangyans make it a worthy entry in the Top 10. These little but impactful inputs make this entry one of our top finalists.