Turning a medical facility - a blood donation centre - into a 'playful, intuitive receptacle' was the challenge of this project, along with the restricted budget. The building was completed in 12 months at a total cost of c US$ 200 per square metre, including services and site development. The architect kept costs low by custom-designing and locally fabricating all doors, windows and modular furniture, including steel work stations, as well as items such as water dispensers and fully automatic donor chairs. The structure - of reinforced concrete - survived the devastating earthquake of 2000.
Prathama Blood Centre Presentation Panels. Courtesy of Architect. Geneva: Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2007.
In the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, projects enrolled in the nomination process are documented by the architect(s). In addition to submitting images and drawings, architects are asked to complete a detailed questionnaire pertaining to use, cost, environmental and climatic factors, construction materials, building schedule, and, more importantly, design concepts and each project's significance within its own context and to present the project in two A3 panels.