Recipient of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2013.
The Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery consists
of a hospital with 63 beds and 300 local staff, with a separate Medical Staff
Accommodation Compound sleeping 150 people. The centre is built as a pavilion
in a garden with both primary buildings organised around large courtyards. The
hospital block is of the highest technical standard with complex functions
including three operating theatres optimally placed in relation to the
diagnostics; laboratories and ward. Mixed modes of ventilation and natural
light enable all spaces to be homely and intimate yet secure. Seeing the
abandoned containers that had been used to transport construction materials for
the Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery, the architects were inspired to reuse
them to house the centre’s staff. Ninety 20-foot containers form the
accommodation block , each unit consisting of 1.5 containers, with a bathroom
and small veranda facing the garden. Seven 40-foot containers are occupied by a
cafeteria and services. Insulation is through an ‘onion system’ of 5-centimetre
internal insulating panels and an outer skin comprising a ventilated metal roof
and bamboo blinds. A solar farm powers the water-heating system.
“The Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery champions
the vision and resilience of all involved in delivering a responsible,
efficient and inspiring model of health services in a society marred by war,
internal conflict and lack of basic needs like water and sanitation
Intimately linked to surrounding nature, the
“self-build” project facilitates an environment of clarity and healing, while providing
the fundamental human right of health, free of charge to all. Following a bottom-up
design process, this complex project evolved successfully by creatively
engaging all its local, political, social, topographical and aesthetic specificities
without sacrificing its vision for excellence and function. The compact
state-of-the-art hospital also provides an exemplary prototype for the region
as well as for the field.”
Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery On-site Review Report, edited by Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2013.
The On-site Review Report, formerly called the Technical Review, is a document prepared for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture by commissioned independent reviewers who report to the Master Jury about a specific shortlisted project. The reviewers are architectural professionals specialised in various disciplines, including housing, urban planning, landscape design, and restoration. Their task is to examine, on-site, the shortlisted projects to verify project data seek. The reviewers must consider a detailed set of criteria in their written reports, and must also respond to the specific concerns and questions prepared by the Master Jury for each project. This process is intensive and exhaustive making the Aga Khan Award process entirely unique.