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Medical Housing Compound / Studio Tam associati

  • 01:00 - 17 March, 2010
Medical Housing Compound / Studio Tam associati
Medical Housing Compound / Studio Tam associati, © Raul Pantaleo
© Raul Pantaleo

© Raul Pantaleo © Raul Pantaleo © Raul Pantaleo © Raul Pantaleo +30

  • Architects

  • 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

  • Photographs

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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Yasir Merghani · July 17, 2013

what a lovely design this is the real Architecture.

Dung Trinh · December 07, 2011

I surprised when saw the start project to finished, not only nice but also usefull for indigenous community .
this project we should to learn.
may be this frame can be construction at some my poor villages , in VietNam

Assad Mohammed Ali · July 22, 2011

Medical Housing Compound, elegance in simplicity @archdaily #StudioTam Associati #Architecture #Sudan

Z gafaar · May 30, 2011
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Paula Lopes · September 13, 2010

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Daniele Sponsale · September 03, 2010

Un ottima soluzione per riciclare containers.....

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Bruno Bianchini · May 31, 2010

Medical Housing Compound / Studio Tam associati ao meu amigo @andrehmoraes :)

INawe · March 18, 2010

i usually don't like prefab container projects but this one has been done so well. love the overall finishes and look.

yeah · March 18, 2010

This is incredible. One of the best, most humane projects I have seen lately. Use of materials and technologies adequate to the purpose, environment and site context.

It's not a "let's live in a container in Amsterdam because it's trendy" kind of idea but a very clever answer to the specific economical situation.

Another thing is the beautiful aesthetic side where the container seems no longer an industrial object - you can barely recognize it anymore - BUT it's not hidden in shame of its' form and shows itself in material and texture.

I'm really at loss of words when seeing how good this project is. How functional, beautiful spaces were created while using such simple means.

Bravo, congratulations to the authors!!! This is architecture in its' most sincere and sensitive form.

josep · March 18, 2010

what a gem!
is the first time I see the use of containers as a beautiful material/object, there is so much poetry in this project
I really like this one!


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