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Friday, February 28, 2020

Francis Kéré, Surgical and Health Center in Léo (Burkina Faso)

Health is a luxury in Africa, especially for the rural population, which lives so far from the few hospitals and healthcare centers of quality that exist in the countryside, such facilities tending to concentrate in capitals and large cities. This surgery and general medical center helps address such deficiencies in southern Burkina Faso, in Sissili Province, serving some 50,000 people living in or in the vicinity of the city of Léo.

The complex is a series of modules arranged along a central street like houses in a village, creating a familiar environment and atmosphere. Adding to this reinterpretation of traditional urban schemes is the use of materials, skills, and ecological strategies of vernacular origin: the walls are built with bricks of rammed earth, the thermal mass of which makes it easier to regulate temperature indoors; the ventilated double roofs give protection against the sun by dissipating radiation; and a simple system collects rainwater for use in irrigating the trees around.
Necessary Beauty

Necessary Beauty

Luis Fernández-Galiano
Design for the Real World

Design for the Real World

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