This Sanitation Tent Designed By Cebu-Based Architects Can Be Set Up in Around Two Hours

All parts are available off the shelf.

"Time is of the essence," wrote GSG Architect Co.’s principal architect Clive Aaron Guanzon in one Facebook post, which has been the rallying cry of the team of Cebu-based architects and designers behind The Sunnytation Tents, a joint effort of Evolve PH Communities, GSG Architects Co., and Siteline DBS. From their efforts came a design for easy-to-replicate sanitation tents, all with the aim of protecting medical frontliners and slowing down the spread of COVID-19. The team has put up the plans online for free—anyone can set it up in around two hours.

PHOTO Courtesy of Evolve PH Communities, GSG Architects Co., and Siteline DBS
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The Sunnytation Tents is an open-source design, which means anyone with the right materials can replicate it. It is inspired by Vietnam's disinfectant chamber and University of the Philippines' SaniTent PH project. Each tent is modular, making it easier to add more cubicles as needed. Aside from the needed materials being readily available and recyclable, the tent itself can be easily mass-produced. In fact, the very first tent in Cebu’s Chong Hua Hospital took only a bit over two hours to build.

“The most critical is the availability of materials, so that anyone, anywhere, can replicate our design easily, given a minimum amount of skill and tools," explained Guanzon in an online conversation with Real Living. "Every component was tried and tested until a suitable, stable, and safe unit was completed." All-in-all, it took the team around six days to build a fully working prototype for the sanitation tents.


“As we fine-tuned and perfected our procedure, we pre-assembled our units in San Carlos Seminary, our base of operations, then delivered [them] on site to be constructed, tested and turned over in a little over than 30 minutes,” added Guanzon, explaining the speed in which the team was able to deploy their tents.


To date, Clive and his colleagues have been able to set up 15 units in Cebu, mostly near hospitals—all in six days. "Our aim is a total of 100; first in hospitals, markets, piers, until we reach the barangay level."

"Together with my wife, Ella Guanzon, our good friend and fellow Architect Jumax Morgia, our good friend Sheila Ngo-Sacro, and my brother Clive Andrew Guanzon, we are always drawn together when there is a chance for us to help the community." Architect Morgia approached them with initial concept designs, which were solidified into the Sunnytation Tents with help from the team.


"We designers are always challenged at finding solutions to any challenges, be it our client's houses and buildings, to public spaces, to calamities—we volunteered in preparing emergency shelter during Yolanda—and now to the current pandemic," added the architect. The team urges everyone to make use of the open-source design. They are also calling for volunteers and donations to help install more tents in the area.


For information on how to build a Sunnytation Tent, visit Clive Aaron Guanzon's Facebook page.

This story originally appeared on Minor edits have been made by the editors.

Main image from Evolve PH Communities, GSG Architects Co., and Siteline DBS via Keisha Alexis Plaza's Facebook page.

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