Re-learning the Importance and Possibility of Natural Air Ventilation during Covid

By Regina Hoo

October 2021 FEATURE
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A postcard of the Penang Hospital. Photo by: Penang Philatelic Society
THE PENANG HOSPITAL1 began life as a double-storey, colonnaded brick-and-timbre building. As was the norm for most bungalows in Penang at the time, the building would have been raised on a brick plinth, allowing for air to flow underneath. The floors were probably hardy and washable, and tiled with terra cotta. The veranda on the first-floor was 5ft wide and protected by a jack roof, a feature developed by builder designers of the day in observance of tropical architecture.“A jack...

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Regina Hoo

is the deputy editor of Penang Monthly.