LafargeHolcim Foundation Knowledge Turntable for Sustainable Construction
Media

Article

“How to provide high-level healthcare in rural regions”

Regional Jury Report – Latin America

The aim of the construction, given the medical program, is to provide a warm human scale …
The aim of the construction, given the medical program, is to provide a warm human scale construction while restoring the surrounding natural landscape. The scheme seeks lightness to enhance its relocatable condition. An elevated structure on timber piles provides a secure and dry environment for healing. Natural and recycled building materials were chosen considering local industries and renewable resources to guarantee easy maintenance.

This project is a prototype for temporary rural surgical hospitals. Because of the sensitivity of the equipment and supplies, it proposes a hybrid approach of prefabrication and local construction. Recycled shipping containers are outfitted as the core spaces of the hospital – operating room, pharmacy, kitchen, and laundry – and delivered in situ. Local builders erect wooden piles and place the containers in an elevated courtyard arrangement. Local carpentry is then also used to cover the containers with a tessellated timber roof for shading and ventilation. As the medical center expands, the complex can grow with it. Clinic rooms and patient rooms extend out from the surgical core in a pinwheel arrangement. When the surgical core is relocated, these wings remain as a lasting resource for local public health.

The project addresses an important concern: how to provide high-level healthcare in rural regions. The jury found the solution proposed here commendable. The project was commissioned by a medical organization focusing on the treatment of childhood cancer in developing countries. Their work relies on donations of time by volunteer doctors and equipment from hospitals. Within this specific arrangement, the project was seen to be a thoughtful solution that tries to use temporary medical support to induce long-term change.

Last Updated: June 10, 2017
Article Details
Location
São Paulo, Brazil
Related Information
Related Project
Seeding Health in Nicaragua
Seeding Health in Nicaragua

A pilot project for a roving rural hospital that mixes temporary prefab construction with long-term, local craftsmanship, Masaya, Nicaragua.

LafargeHolcim Foundation
 
     

Search Help

Our website search engine covers the web pages including project descriptions and expert profiles, PDFs, images and videos on the LafargeHolcim Foundation website. To improve your search results, here are some tips:

Basic search

Our search defaults to term-pairing AND. If you search sustainable construction - then the search engine will look for any items containing sustainable AND construction

Union

photovoltaic OR solar

Looks for either word

Nesting

(clay OR mud) AND (school OR university)

Combine alternative terms for more specific searching

Subtraction

geothermal -heating

Excludes a term from results, automatically ANDs other terms listed

Phrases

"zero carbon"

Use quotation marks to search for a specific phrase or combination

Wildcards (one or more characters)

archit*

Asterisk (*) matches any word or phrase - so archit* will find architect, architecture, architectural as well as architrave