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Solar-Powered Salam Cardiac Centre is a Shipping Container Medical Facility in Sudan

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On May 3, 2013 @ 12:30 pm In Architecture,Cargotecture,carousel showcase,Design,Design for Health,Gallery,Green Building | No Comments

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The Salam Centre has been offering up free pediatric and adult cardiac health care since 2007 and is run by the Italian humanitarian organization EMERGENCY [2]. During the design phase, TAMassociati Architecture [3] noticed discarded shipping containers around the site of the soon to be hospital. Taking this as inspiration, they reused the containers to build the facility, which includes a hospital block, a cafeteria, and staff accommodations.

The cafeteria makes use of seven 40-ft containers and the housing uses ninety 20-ft containers. Each room uses 1.5 shipping containers [4] and includes bathroom and small veranda facing the garden. Lush gardens and courtyards are integrated throughout the complex to create a tranquil setting for patients, family and hospital staff. The facility is kept cool with a ‘onion system’ comprised of 5-cm of insulating panels and an outer skin made up of a ventilated metal roof and bamboo blinds. An on-site solar farm generates hot water for the entire complex.

TAMassociati’s [3] Salam Cardiac Surgery Centre was added to the shortlist for the 2013 Aga Khan Architecture Award [5].

+ TAMassociati Architecture [3]

+ Salam Cardiac Surgery Centre [6]

Images ©Raul Pantaleo, Marcello Bonfanti, and TAMassociati

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[2] EMERGENCY: http://www.emergency.it/sudan/index.html

[3] TAMassociati Architecture: http://www.tamassociati.org/PAGES/archituttiEN.html

[4] shipping containers: http://inhabitat.com/tag/shipping-containers

[5] 2013 Aga Khan Architecture Award: http://www.akdn.org/architecture/project.asp?id=4438

[6] + Salam Cardiac Surgery Centre: http://www.salamcentre.emergency.it/

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