Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery

Studio Tamassociati
Soba, Khartoum, Sudan
2008-2009
1,668 sqm

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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