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EMERGENCY FACILITIES DANIEL CELLA, PEDRO PERALTA, LUCIA CELLA – ARCHITECTS, ESTUDIO CELLA, ARGENTINA


Meeting COVID-19with complementary units


Daniel Cella, Pedro Peralta, and Lucia Cella, a trio of architects from Argentina design consultancy Estudio Cella, outline their concept for modular, emergency expansion of hospital facilities.


This article aims to set out a proposal for the timely expansion of the accommodation capacity of an existing, theoretical hospital. The proposal addresses three questions: what areas need to be expanded, what technology is to be implemented and where those new units are to be located. In line with the recommendations of health authorities, we have focused the growth in improving the most critical areas of the system: the admissions area, and the intermediate and intensive care units. The admission module reinforces the


staff safety, distances COVID-19 infected from non-infected patients, and facilitates one-way circulation within the facility. The module features a semi-covered area to minimise the risk of contagion during wait times. The design of the units, with a metallic


exterior structure and cooling panel enclosures, guarantees smooth and


Figure 1. Three complementary hospital units attached to the main hospital building.


aseptic internal surfaces. The components have been conceived to be manufactured and assembled locally, thus avoiding transportation of empty volumes from within other jurisdictions. Modules are designed to allow


installation adjacent to hospitals, on streets that remain empty during quarantine period. Lastly, there is an example illustrating


the reutilization potential of these modules by becoming primary healthcare centres meeting the standardised architectural-medical requirements of the Argentinian province of Misiones.


Daniel Cella Pedro Peralta Lucia Cella


•Daniel Cella founded the Estudio Cella architecture consultancy - based in Posadas in the province of Misiones in north-east Argentina – in 1988. A graduate of Belgrano University in Buenos Aires, Daniel was President of the Ethics Court of Architects College of Misiones between 2014 and 2018. Daniel was also Secretary of the 28th Latin American Congress of Architecture and Hospital Engineering (AADAIH) in 2017. •Pedro Peralta is a professor of architecture at the Catholic University of Santa Fe in Posadas in the province of Misiones. A graduate of the University of Buenos Aires, Pedro joined Estudio Cella in 2004. •Lucia Cella is an associate professor of architecture at the Catholic University of Santa Fe in Posadas. Lucia received a degree in architecture from the University of Buenos Aires in 2009, and a Master’s in architectural design from the University of Navarra in Spain in 2013. She worked briefly in Barcelona before returning to her hometown, Posadas, to work at Estudio Cella, led by her father Daniel.


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Complementary hospital units It has been identified that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increasing demand of beds availability at intermediate and intensive care units and differentiated admission areas. Therefore, complementary hospital units have been designed for that purpose. This proposal aims at expanding the


existing hospital accommodation capacity by installing fast turn-around units in public spaces, parking lots, or clear spaces adjacent to health centres. The set-up of these units allows enhancing the care of critically ill patients, while improving the infectious safety of healthcare personnel during patient treatment (Fig 1).


Location Streets offer the available space to temporarily expand the accommodation capacity of hospitals and clinics. Thus, units have been designed portraying a


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