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. During the design phase, TAMassociati Architecture 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 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 Salam Cardiac Surgery Centre was added to the shortlist for the 2013 Aga Khan Architecture Award.
Images ©Raul Pantaleo, Marcello Bonfanti, and TAMassociati