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Reconstruction and enlargement of a new day-hospital psychiatric clinic

UN Millenium Development Goals

At KINSHASA in Congo (the Democratic Republic of the)
From 2005 to 2006
By Architettura Senza Frontiere Italian Network
Donors: Navarra

The psychiatric district “Telema” in Kinshasa was conceived as a hospital with the aim to assist the patients affected by mental problems and to give informative support to the families. The project of reconstruction and enlargement of “Telema” emerged from the necessity to adapt the structure to the changed requirements: from local it has become a reference point at national level with users from many regions.

The project objective is to receive and put into practice suitable technical solutions and technologies and the dynamics related to the management and development of the hospital, respecting traditional construction and cooperating with the technical skills of local enterprises. Considering this, the results have been: reorganization of the psychiatric district and related services, in particular flexibility and sustainability of the operation; solution of the energy emergency (continuity in electric energy supply) and hygienic sanitary (treatment and disposing the refuses); and excellent social environmental impact of the project choices.

Category: Architectural project Medium / Technology / Material: Traditional construction Typology: Hospital
project perspective - aerial
project perspective - exterior corridor
project perspective - exterior corridor

Masterplan of St Francis Javier Hospital Complex

UN Millenium Development Goals

At FOSO in Ghana
From 2005 to 2006
By Architettura Senza Frontiere Italian Network
Local partners: Hermanas Hospitalarias del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus
Donors: Private Donors

The San Francisco Javier Hospital, recognized by the National Sanitary System as the public hospital of Assin district, is the reference hospital structure for 41 surgeries, scattered in this area with about 250.000 beneficiaries. Considering the importance of the hospital, a great planning analysis was imperative. A methodological and procedural process of transformation and reorganization of Assin was initiated in order to improve the existing structures and their reciprocal relations, thus guaranteeing a correct and sustainable increase of the new sanitary structure.

ASF ONLUS designed the technical urban project which includes the interventions for the planning and development of the entire hospital center. The master-plan contains measures for the enlargement of the pre-existing hospital buildings, for the reorganization of the connections between the different parts as well as for the realization of new buildings, more functional for the users.

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Kompian hospital


At KOMPIAN in Papua New Guinea
In 2007
By Architects Without Frontiers - Australia
Local partners: Dr David Mills
Donors: PNG Government

This is the largest project undertaken by AWF to date. It is based on collaboration between AWF and Engineers Without Borders. Located in Enga Province about 5 hours drive from Mount Hagen, which is the entry point to the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, Kompian Hospital currently has 38 beds. This project will expand the number of beds to 70, as well as providing improved facilities for wards, dispensary, and outpatient wing and operation theatres.

The site is extremely remote, made more inaccessible by the condition of the roads and the steep terrain - the last 35km to the site takes 2.5hrs to travel. This makes transportation of materials to the site an issue. As all the building materials have to be transported by road from Mount Hagen, the palette is limited. Metal roof and wall cladding on timber framing (with detailing in mind for termites) and glass louvers are great for transport and light but difficult to keep clean, so the team are exploring possibility of materials such as crime safe.

Further challenges in the design include a limited electricity supply (only 3hrs by generator per day, supplemented by solar power), availability of materials, vandalism, termites, cleaning/ hygiene, a preference for new materials over traditional, a perception that ‘new’ has permanence and the performance of modern materials in an equatorial climate.

The project was originally supervised by Catherine Love and the late Dennis Small, and models and drawings were done by AWF volunteers. These were handed over to Nettleton Tribe Architects who are doing the construction documentation for the hospital in a pro-bono capacity. Currently the focus is on the pediatric ward for which funding has been sourced from the PNG government, and which will begin construction in December 2009. Lilian Aril, from Nettleton Tribe, is working closely with the structural engineer, Tamri Curran, from Bilfinger Berger Services, who are volunteering their expertise to the project through Engineers Without Borders.

Category: Architectural project Medium / Technology / Material: local resources & solar power Typology: Hospital
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Construction of a new surgical ward in St Francis Javier Hospital

UN Millenium Development Goals

At FOSO in Ghana
From 2003 to 2005
By Architettura Senza Frontiere Italian Network
Local partners: Sagrado Corazon de Jesus
Donors: Manos Unidas

The San Francisco Javier Hospital, recognised by the National Sanitary System as publichospital of Assin district, is the reference structure for 41 surgeries scattered in the area. The New Surgical Ward project proposal is meant to offer an answer to the increasing demand of beds and to create a ward dedicated to the stay in hospital of post-operated patients. The project solution respects the typologies and the constructional techniques of the existing structures.

The application of environmental planning and the environmental impact valuation are the main methodological aspects applied to have a correct and integral organisationand management of the building process in order to guarantee the real sustainability of the work. The benefits that can be obtained by using renewable energies have been optimised by the use of local resources, producing great advantages for illumination, ventilation andcooling. Correlating typological and technical characteristics of the building with the climate characteristics has minimized the contribution of the systems.

Category: Construction Medium / Technology / Material: renewable energies & local resources Typology: Hospital
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