Four third-year architecture students of Bicol University Institute of Design and Architecture (BUIDeA) tops ArchiNEXT 2021 as announced during the virtual awarding ceremony held at the Archinext: HCG Young Designers’ Competition Facebook page on April 23, 2021.
Dubbed, LINGAP: General Hospital and Extended Emergency Facility, this year’s challenge aims to build an accessible, eco-friendly, and well thought out interactive structure to contribute to the provision of accessible, affordable, and available facilities for all Filipinos, especially the poor and the disadvantaged.
Interested architecture students competed to design a healthcare structure that extends itself for further emergency purposes. The primary objective of this project is to reduce the lack of hospital care delivery services for provinces as well as to increase the health safety of its communities by serving as an emergency space, an evacuation area, or isolation facility when calamities or a pandemic strike.
Out of 78 entries from architecture students around the country, Yvonne Joy Salamero and Adrian Jerome Pajarillo were proclaimed grand winner with their design, FORMOSA: Proposed Hospital & Extended Emergency Facility.
“Despite the challenges we faced throughout the process, where there were times we think of giving up, we still managed to accomplish what we had started. And all of these, [is] because of the support and love we had from the people around us and especially God who guided us to make it all happen,” Yvonne said in an interview with BU Architecture Student’s Association (ASA).
“It was a rough journey. Designing a hospital is extremely difficult, to begin with, but we are driven by our advocacy which is to create an impact and change in our desired profession. We should aim to design for the people, on how we can provide them a better place to live in, and on how we can provide solutions to societal and environmental concerns. As future architects, we have the power to shape the world,” Adrian shared with BUASA.
Since the competition started last year, Yvonne was worried that they may not be able to make it in time.
“The competition started on October last year and nag start lang po kami by the end of November. It is because of the typhoons we had last year. There was no electricity, no communication, and no progress,” she said.
But in the end, with determination, talent, and guidance from their mentor Ar. Ramon Dealca, they managed to push through despite the challenges.