Mesa Hospital is insulated from the inconveniences of its dense and busy surroundings by its layout. It looks inwards onto a landscaped central courtyard, which is bordered on one side by an aluminium-clad serpentine wall separating the outpatient department from the quiet world of the inpatient wards. Its high-tech style incorporates references to indigenous architecture. In keeping with local tradition, its lower parts are masonry, with a heavy cladding of local stone, whereas the upper floors are a light stuccoed structure with vertical windows. The load-bearing frame is of reinforced concrete.
Mesa Hospital 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.