Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery
Soba, Khartoum, Sudan
The Salam Centre in Soba, Khartoum houses what could be used as a template for modern African development in its constructed Medical Housing Compound. Constructed using some 20ft-containers for housing and 40ft-containers for a cafeteria, the integration of local materials and high design level of retrofitting expresses a new level of affordable, sustainable architecture in the third world.
Looking at the amount of discarded containers laying around the building site of the Salam Centre, the architect had this simple idea: to use them again in order to realize the required international staff housing compound. The Compound placed besides the Hospital, in the surroundings of the Nile River, is realized around a great courtyard full of wonderful mango trees. It consists of 95 20ft-containers for housing and 7 40ft-containers for the cafeteria. Every lodging is 20 sqm and is realized with one and a half containers; the lodging is composed of bedroom, bathroom and a small veranda on the court side.
Peculiar care has been dedicated to insulation and energy saving. The containers are insulated with a “layer system”. Inside the container 5 cm insulating panels have been placed. The outside “skin” is realized with a second insulated roof and a bamboo brise-soleil panel system. In this way the sun rays never hit the containers. This system involves a huge energy saving. Solar panels also supply hot water for the entire compound.
Architects: Studio tamassociati – Raul Pantaleo, Massimo Lepore, Simone Sfriso, con Pietro Parrino y Gino Strada
Location: Soba, Khartoum, Sudan
Client: Emergency NGO
Coordinator: Emergency Technical Office, Pietro Parrino
Structural Engineering: Francesco Steffinlongo
Services & Mechanical Engineering: Nicola Zoppi
Site Engineering: Roberto Crestan, Alessandro Tamai, Claudio Gatti
Contractor: ISNAD Sudan
Site Area: 8,663 sqm
Constructed Area: 1,668 sqm
Project Year: 2008-2009
Photographs: Raul Pantaleo