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FAREstudios's Green Women's Clinic Inspires Hope in West Africa
The Clinic has no utilities to tie into, so to reduce dependence on a generator a large solar array was installed. Water from the onsite well is pumped to a gravity tank. Because the large recyclable PVC canopy protects the facility, the architects could install a low cost transparent panel into the two building’s roof to provide generous indirect overhead natural light. They also designed the facility to be easily expandable if needed.
The buildings serve not just women’s health needs, but also act as a safe gathering place for education and informal community meetings. The education component relate to women’s sexual and reproductive rights – the text on the colorful exterior walls are in five languages and read “I have rights“. The Aga Kahn Award’s description sums up the role of the clinic: “Despite its unconventional appearance, the Centre has been able to generate a strong sense of belonging.”
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