The Port Sudan Pediatric center is essentially a link, one that ties the elements of purpose in medicine via vis aspects of freedom. Freedom not in the sense of the physical institution but in hope and care, on e that only medicine can bring.
For mercy architecture is essentially that, the ability to offer extensive comfort and care to areas that know none and although the built merits f the hospital shine bright above the aspects of healthcare architecture, it is perhaps important to first look at the hospital tucked in among settlements of raw earth dwelling in the seaside city of Port Sudan. It is perhaps outstanding to see such an endeavor so well catered for the environment of Port Sudan, one that playfully invigorates the spirits of children while in the same breath, provides high quality medicine.
This is an area that coming off severe drought and widespread conflict, is slowly grappling with infrastructure and basic aspects of daily living. So it is perhaps with that background that such a meritorious effort by Raul Pantaleo and his team is keenly looked at as a blanket of healthcare template within conflict areas and low budget architecture.
This is work that dispels with complexities of architecture and dwells on the simple, basic needs of it. Safety. Security. Health. Climate.
The paediatric health care centre is a One-storey building, including 3 outpatients clinics, a 14 bed hospitalization ward, a 4 bed sub-intensive care ward, a dispensary, spaces for diagnostic exams and service areas. The hospital is designed as the core of a “square / garden”, a public place to socialize, to play football, to organize the market activities. The building acts a a large-scale shading device by employing traditional cooling methods like a particular lowered brick tile vault, called jagharsch, that helps maximize surface area for the dissipation of heat.
Raul Pantaleo, the lead in the project explains how the stack effect was a form driver within the overall planning of the hospital, majorly focussing on wind chimneys ‘badgir’ to circulate air within the internal rooms and facilitate cross ventilation. Sun shading is achieved perhaps through he use of wooden blinds, a further enhancement of community building techniques simply exalted into modern architecture.
This is a piece of art that carefully amalgamates aesthetic brilliance with traditional values and meticulously focuses on simply abiding by local traditions, pre-lived notions and sees to provide horizontal icon-ism.
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