Built: Centre of Excellence in Paediatric Surgery Completed in Uganda by Renzo Piano Building Workshop

Designed (pro bono) by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop (their first project in Africa) in collaboration with the TAMassociati studio for the global NGO, Emergency, the centre features three operating rooms with a capacity for 78 beds and is sited on a plot of land donated by the Ugandan government.

Situated along the shores of Lake Victoria in Entebbe, the project is marked by its rammed earth walls together with its monumental glass facades. With this material palette, the work expresses an atmosphere of solidity and grace, celebrating the roots of its context and emphasizing the forward-looking spirit of its program. The hospital stands as a home for not only its patients, but also for their families, doctors, and all the technical staff. You can read our previous feature here.

Italian fabrication firm Zintek played a major role in the construction of the facility. The firm produced and installed the covering envelope, along with may of the secondary roof elements. The roof is defined by a suspended trellis structure supporting 9,800 sqm of photovoltaic panels. This system will ensure that the hospital has an autonomous electricity supply during the day. It will also be connected to the main line, to provide energy to the surrounding area at times when consumption is low. The photovoltaic roof will also guarantee shade for the hospital and all the uncovered walkways.

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