The Kenya Women and Children’s Wellness consists of a 170-bed hospital, outpatient clinics, an institute of learning, a gender violence counseling center, and a family hostel. The goal of this design is to create a modern healthcare facility which also employs an approach tailored to the less robust construction methodologies found in the developing world. To achieve this, the design was specically tailored to Kenya with respect to social customs, local construction and environmental concerns.
Because patients of the wellness center will be from small villages, the center had to be familiar and non-institutional in character in order to encourage people to use the facility by creating a less intimidating environment. This was achieved by burying the larger scale elements containing the diagnostic facilities below grade and organizing the remaining program as a series of village like pavilions of similar scale and texture to the surrounding communities. A central outdoor stepping pathway connects the pavilions and a series of exterior courtyards.
The pavilions employ typical construction methods of Kenya. The above grade bars are concrete frameworks inlled with metal screening and operable windows. A corrugated metal roof extends over courtyards to create shaded exterior rooms. The massing is adjusted by positioning thin east-west bars to open up to the prevailing breezes to promote cross ventilation. The resultant design is a fusion of global ideas localized to the people it serves. This project illustrates that the model for healthcare is dierent around the world, and the criteria with which we measure performance must be adjusted to locality.Location: Kenya Architect: Perkins + Will
Project name: Kenya Women and Children’s Wellness Centre