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Friday, February 22, 2019

Manuel Herz to enlarge regional hospital of Tambacounda (Senegal)

The Josef and Annie Albers Foundation, in collaboration with the non-profit organization Le Korsa, is financing this enlargement of Tambacounda Hospital that will house its new maternity and pediatrics clinics. Carried out by the Swiss architect Manuel Herz, who won the international competition held for the purpose, the project emphasizes the need to involve the community in both the design and the building process. With the objective of improving the experience of patients and visitors, the new volume presents a curvilinear, S-shaped floor plan, which engages with the cylinders of the existing hospital and connects with it by means of a covered path. Along the path are niches between rooms and two exterior spaces where families can rest away from the crowds in rooms. The narrow bay and the brick openwork of the facade, inspired in Mashrabiya tradition, facilitate cross ventilation and thermal comfort. A second roof covers the complex, producing a chimney effect that expels heat from the interiors. Construction work will begin in September 2018.
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