Pikalawag Community Hospital: an Integrated General Hospital and Community Aquaponic Garden

Best Project of Public Space by Student

About the project
The concept tries to link to the rural context by adapting to the site and its surroundings. The project not only provided a hospital but also aquaponics as a way to compensate agricultural land and to maximize the fisheries as it is near the coastal area. It adapted to the moving with the waters concept by providing aquaponics as well as amphibious architecture to its extended emergency facility, wherein the facility would float in case of flood or storm surge as the area can be prone to this. With this, the project aims to be of symbolic meaning to the people of Sultan Naga Dimaporo as a center for refuge, hope, and at the same time reflect their cultural identity. This project is guided by the philosophy of being in constant motion that reflects the design process as dynamic and straying away from the conventional. Furthermore, this envisions the province to be in a self-sustaining community while enriching rural life.

Sultan Naga Dimaporo, Lanao del Norte, Philippines

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Additional information
This project earned the second spot and best presentation at the recently concluded HCG Archinext 2021 (National Competition) in the Philippines. HCG: Young designer's competition is a competition that challenges students all over the country to design sound yet sustainable Architecture. It gives a platform to aspiring architecture students just like us to promote and showcase the Architecture of tomorrow.

Applicant and authors of the project
Xyruz Jior Unlayao Caluag.
Fourth-year Architecture student at the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines. He is an award-winning who excels both in the academe and in national level. Some of his notable works are aligned with building typologies such as religious, restaurant, hospital and recreational buildings situated in the Philippines. Together with his vision of strengthening Philippine architecture, he is always out to experience and learn something new.
Architects of the project — Mr. Xyruz Jior Unlayao Caluag, Mr. Danison De Guzman, and Ms. Keilah Segovia.