The building is conceived as a replicable prototype facility for other resource poor areas, proof that surgery can be provided in inexpensive uncomplicated facilities for the five billion people in the world who lack any form of safe or affordable surgery. The banana plants on the site were the inspiration for the form of the building. The plants gather sun and provide shade for the ground below as the natural function of the solar panels: we thought of solar panels as leaves of banana plants gathering sun and providing shade. The solar array shelters and powers the simple modular brick facility beneath. The aesthetic goals of the project were to relate to the surrounding architecture while adding contemporary unique visual elements. Red clay cladding tiles with wavy shapes reminiscent of the nearby White Nile were formed in custom, handmade molds. In combination with the shade-providing solar roof, the brick structure tells the story of modern and vernacular technologies working together to improve lives.
Location Kyabirwa, Uganda
Architect Kliment Halsband Architects
Project Team Keltron Development Services; Nile Precision Surveys; Ugandan Tropical Landscapes (Landscape Consultant)
2020 AIANY Design Awards