Bay City Medical Center: A Level 3 General Hospital Complex
Best Project of Building or Facility by Student
About the project
The sea is a manifestation of nature’s robustness. The project shall emulate life in the sea through a biophilic interpretation of its structures. Taking inspiration from its site, Manila Bay, the hospital derives its form from the clam commonly attributed to “protection.”
The project aims to reimagine healthcare facilities by utilizing the concept of the “Sea of Life.” This concept translated into the design through a non-conventional box form, biophilic, and sustainable design approaches. A sea color palette and biophilic design enhance patients' mental and psychological well-being. Aside from that, adding the louver inspired by the clamshell gives sun shading and natural ventilation. This project also addresses food security by adding aquaponics in the Hospital. Aquaponics in urban hospitals offers sustainable food production, promotes healing through green spaces, educates patients, and reduces environmental impact. These approaches improve the therapeutic hospital atmosphere.
Pasay City, Philippines
Project design year
Extra visual materials
Christian M. Dela Cruz, architecture student from the University of Santo Tomas-College of Architecture, Manila, Philippines, who has thrived by embracing experiential learning. His journey has been a dynamic blend of classroom education and hands-on exploration, where he gained a holistic understanding of design's real-world applications. Driven by an unrelenting passion for architecture, he continuously enhances his skills, as he aspires to leave an indelible mark on the field's future.
Author of the project
Christian M. Dela Cruz and Jan Kristopher T. Esguerra
Status of the project