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Medical Housing Compound / Studio Tam associati

  • Architects: Studio Tam associati
  • Location: Soba, Khartoum, Sudan
  • Architects: Studio tamassociati – Raul Pantaleo, Massimo Lepore, Simone Sfriso, con Pietro Parrino y Gino Strada
  • Structural Engineering: Francesco Steffinlongo
  • Services & Mechanical Engineering: Nicola Zoppi
  • Site Engineering: Roberto Crestan, Alessandro Tamai, Claudio Gatti
  • Client: Emergency NGO
  • Coordinator: Emergency Technical Office, Pietro Parrino
  • Contractor: ISNAD Sudan
  • Site Area: 8,663 sqm
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Raul Pantaleo

© Raul Pantaleo © Raul Pantaleo © Raul Pantaleo © Raul Pantaleo

From the architect. Looking at the amount of discarded containers laying around the building site of the Salam Centre we had this simple idea: to use them again in order to realize the required international staff housing compound.

© Raul Pantaleo
© Raul Pantaleo

The Compound placed besides the Hospital, in the surroundings of the Nile river, is realized around a great courtyard full of wonderful mango trees. It consists of 95 20ft-containers for housing and 7 40ft-containers for the cafeteria. Every lodging is 20 sqm and is realized with one and a half containers; the lodging is composed of bedroom, bathroom and a small veranda on the court side.

© Raul Pantaleo
© Raul Pantaleo

Peculiar care has been dedicated to insulation and energy saving. The containers are insulated with a “layer system”. Inside the container 5 cm insulating panels have been placed. The outside “skin” is realized with a second insulated roof and a bamboo brise-soleil panel system. In this way the sunrays never hit the containers. This system involves a huge energy saving. Solar panels also supply hot water for the entire compound.

© Raul Pantaleo
© Raul Pantaleo
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