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  • The Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery, Khartoum, Sudan.
    AKAA/Cemal Emden
Collective responsibility for a human habitat
Aga Khan Award for Architecture

The Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery in Khartoum, Sudan was among the five recipients of the 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture. The Centre consists of a hospital with 63 beds and 300 local staff, with a separate Medical Staff Accommmodation Compound sleeping 150 people. The hospital block is of the highest technical standard with complex functions including three operating theatres optimally placed in relation to the diagnostics laboratories and ward. Mixed modes of ventilation and natural light enable all spaces to be homey and intimate yet secure. Seeing the abandoned containers that had been used to transport construction materials for the Salam Centre for Cardia Surgery, the architects were inspired to reuse them to house the Centre's staff. Seven 40-foot containers are occupied by a a cafeteria and services. "The Award recognises the efforts of architects and their clients, builders large and small, governments, planners, international organisations, granting agencies, village organisations and individuals. All of them are collectively responsible for the creation of a humane and socially supportive built environment that is so important to our quality of life." His Highness the Aga Khan speaking at the ninth Award Cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, New Delhi, India - 27 November 2004   

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