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Designer Suggests Converting Berlin's Brandenburg Airport into COVID-19 Hospital

Infra News - Published on Fri, 03 Apr 2020

Image Source: Brandenburg Airport Coronavirus Lockdown
Designboom reported that Munich architect Opposite Office has written to the German government to suggest turning Berlin’s still unfinished Brandenburg Airport into a treatment centre for Covid-19 cases. The practice’s founder, Benedikt Hartl, put his plan in an open letter to Jens Spahn, the minister for health. Mr Hartl noted how Spain’s and Italy’s health systems were struggling. He wrote “This will also face Germany, since the outbreak is some days behind. We have had time to prepare for the pandemic. Unkind comparisons were made between Wuhan’s ability to build a 1,000-bed isolation hospital in 10 days, and the 14 years it has taken, so far, to open Berlin’s international airport. With the aviation industry presently parking more than 40% of its planes, completion of the airport is less urgent, making Brandenburg a good choice to be transformed into a superhospital.”

The proposal uses the airport’s existing building structure and is equipped with round modular cabins, which can be constructed in stages for each gate. The curved steel modules create a series of private booths, which provide each patient with their own space to recover and relax. Builders who have been economically affected by the current crisis could take over the construction with the hospital taking just days to open. The design could fit hundreds of pods into the airport’s 22ha of available space. Other advantages are the isolation of the building and the 22ha of internal space available for separation and medical equipment. Opposite Architects’ design proposes the installation of steel isolation pods at each of the airport’s gates. The work could also be done quickly, given the amount of spare capacity and inventory in the German construction industry at present.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Fri, 03 Apr 2020
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