Gallery: The MONARCH System for a Mobile & Modular Hospital

A facility such as this placed remotely would also need to provide for itself in terms of water and power. Ideally, the trailers come equipped with solar panels on their roof to provide renewable energy.

MONARCH™, which stands for MObileNOmadicARCHitecture, is a system for providing scalable medical care, and the modular design of the trailers allows customization for the required situation. Each trailer is customized to a different medical need, whether that be patient rooms, surgical suites, clinics, cafeterias, labs, and more. A group of trailers can be assembled into one large complex in order to offer a full-scale hospital, a teaching facility, or maybe just a few trailers for a local health clinic, which could be set up in a couple days.

Hord Coplan Macht and SPEVCO are jointly working on this mobile 48-bed acute care hospital and presenting the design at the upcoming Arab Health 2010 Congress in Dubai, which is why the renderings show it placed in a desert surrounded by palm trees. Although we are fully in support of accessible medical care for everyone and love the modular nature of this design, we are a bit skeptical based on the description we read over at ArchDaily. Based on their info, the MONARCH seems a bit like propaganda for western based medicine, or maybe just a movie set complete with gift shop and craft service. We applaud the spirit of the project and hope they’ve thought through all the design challenges of a mobile medical facility, especially providing power and water. And we sincerely hope that those trailers are covered in solar panels.

+ Hord Coplan Macht


Via ArchDaily

Monarch Systems Mobile Hospital Initiative from David Lopez on Vimeo.


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1 Comment

  1. mauro bianconi June 8, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    molto interessante e formativo per i miei studenti del corso di Architettura Sociale di architettura del Politecnico di Milano – polo regionale di Mantova ( italia)

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