Holistic hospital design

To fit a new regional hospital in the physical, social and economic context of Northern Ethiopia a design has been made from a holistic approach. The patient, mostly from a very poor background, is the center of the design approach. With various architectonic means a ‘Healing Environment is created.

A combination of modern and indigenous architecture, shapes and materials ensure social-cultural embedment and sustainable development. As example: the in concrete realized inpatient zone functions as roof for the outpatient zone which is thought of in the traditional adobe. To control indoor climate naturally, use have been made of centuries old building methods which are implemented in the architecture. In this way reducing the carbon footprint is realized by using context related solutions.

By making a realistic but at the same time contemporary design the hope is to contribute to the hard living circumstances for the poorest of the poor in this part of Ethiopia.

About Frank Reitsma