Pandemic Architecture, an International Ideas Competition curated by the Design Ambassador for,  invited the creative community to open up a dialogue and create a think tank, looking for ideas from the architectural and design community about the future of the living, the workspace, the public space and the tourism industry after the outbreak of Covid-19.


The current situation we are facing is proving us how unprepared we were, and with the inexistent vaccine, our daily lives will suffer a lot of changes, either social, economic and public health.
In this current overview, we see developed countries struggle to face the current problems.

Campaign hospitals cannot soften the problem, instead, they create other issues, especially with moving doctors away from the hospital and medical equipment.
Harder than creating more infrastructures is having the money needed to spend in medical equipment. What is happening in the world, is unfortunate, but what is happening inside hospitals is a nightmare.

The team came out with a simple solution to a complex problem.
They developed an Inflatable unit, in order to relieve hospitals, and have the medical equipment always close to the medical staff, that can take up to nine people in one hundred square meters.

The hospital units, have a triangular form and three windows, so that there is plenty of natural light. The shape can be adaptable to any location. This way, we can allocate the unit close to the hospital, or on a parking space or even on a green area and create a facility to face healthy crisis.

There is a second module that creates connection to the hospital unit so that there is can attachment and better operation.

Architecture will not tackle the virus, but it can contribute to people’s protection.

Hopefully this idea, can be tangible around the world, so we can protect and help medical staff do their job and return in safety back to their families.

Facts & Credits

Participants: Tiago Santos
                          Carolina Matos

Country: Portugal

The project was longlisted in top 100 out of 440 projects.

The impact of Pandemic Architecture competition on the international architectural community was astonishing, with the number of registrations to exceed 800, with the final proposals to exceed 400 and with participants from more than 60 different countries.
Results will be officially announced on the 20th of September.


Check out the open call and the jury here!