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Sir David Adjaye to transform Ghana's healthcare with 101 new hospitals

Sir David Adjaye to transform ...
A total of 101 Adjaye Associates hospitals will be installed throughout Ghana
A total of 101 Adjaye Associates hospitals will be installed throughout Ghana
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District Hospitals will feature significant landscaping
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District Hospitals will feature significant landscaping
District Hospitals will be designed with the Ghanian climate in mind and will feature shading and a focus on natural ventilation
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District Hospitals will be designed with the Ghanian climate in mind and will feature shading and a focus on natural ventilation
District Hospitals will measure 8,500 sq m (roughly 91,000 sq ft), spread over one floor
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District Hospitals will measure 8,500 sq m (roughly 91,000 sq ft), spread over one floor
District Hospitals will be arranged around a central courtyard
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District Hospitals will be arranged around a central courtyard
A total of 101 Adjaye Associates hospitals will be installed throughout Ghana
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A total of 101 Adjaye Associates hospitals will be installed throughout Ghana
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Ghanian/British architect Sir David Adjaye has produced many large projects, such as the NMAAHC, but his firm's latest work is on another scale entirely. It will involve transforming Ghana's healthcare facilities by creating 101 new hospitals in the country.

The project, officially named District Hospitals, is part of a larger scheme named Agenda 111 that, as its name suggests, will actually consist of 111 hospitals, of which Adjaye Associates will be responsible for 101. Obviously, designing over 100 unique hospitals would be a huge task and probably not even a good use of resources, so instead the firm has designed a flexible and energy efficient prefabricated hospital that will be replicated throughout the country and adapted to any specific requirements.

District Hospitals will be arranged around a central courtyard
District Hospitals will be arranged around a central courtyard

The hospitals will each measure 8,500 sq m (roughly 91,000 sq ft), spread over one floor, and will contain such facilities as patient reception and administration areas, pharmacies and labs, a surgical ward, pediatrics ward, maternity ward, isolation ward, accident and emergency room, and physiotherapy. Other areas like residences for staff and visitors, a morgue, and waiting rooms will be hosted in adjacent buildings.

District Hospitals will feature significant landscaping
District Hospitals will feature significant landscaping

The overall design is inspired by the Denkyem, which in Ghanian tradition symbolizes a crocodile, and the interior will be arranged around a plant-filled central courtyard and surrounded by greenery. Heat gain will be minimalized with shading and excellent insulation, while rainwater will be captured and stored for later use (presumably for irrigation though this isn't specified by the firm). Promoting natural light and ventilation is also a key goal.

Construction work has begun on the first hospital, though we've no word yet on when it's expected to be completed – nor when all 101 hospitals will be in use. Though this project will likely be a large multi-year endeavor.

Source: Adjaye Associates

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HoppyHopkins
My daughter-in-law is from Ghana and all I can say about this article is way to go Sir David