Rugerero HC

Year: 2016-2018
Client: Health Builders
Size: 3200sqm on 6000sqm plot
Cost: 440.000$ - 140$/sqm

Rugerero Health Center in Rubavu District

Many communities in rural Rwanda have no access to basic life saving health services. Often the communities that lack those services are the poorest ones and need those services the most. ASA studio has been appointed to design the first health center in Rugerero to serve approximately 25,000 people and thousand more that will travel by foot, bike, and bus. The design concept rests on the idea to offer a long lasting improved health facility involving the community through design and construction while adopting locally sourced materials and traditional techniques. Health Builders initiated and fund-raised for the project, the local government partially financed the construction and offered the land, the community is involved in the building process. The labor, educated through hands-on trainings on techniques that can be easily adopted to improve their informal housing, consists of 50% women to promote gender equality and is provided with fairly paid jobs to enhance the local economy. Once completed, the health center will serve 35.000 people, contributing to the infants mortality reduction, the mothers well being, the spread of education in nutrition, and the reduction of infections and diseases transmission.

    View of the entry and public space, 2017



    Concept design

    Floor plan

    View of the central courtyard, 2017

    View of the main entry, 2017

Cross and stack ventilation are addressed through the use of the roof as shading device, the distribution around green patios, and the integration of solar chimneys. These are heated by direct sun on their thermal-mass component, and opened towards the indirect light, important resource in consultation rooms, wards and delivery area to reduce expensive power consumption. Low-cost architecture meant transformation of minimal budget into maximum space: flexibility and exterior sheltered circulation enabled visual connections, control, space capacity, and link to the immediate context.
Despite the high availability of water, without a water collection system, the water would be scarce during the dry seasons. Two underground water tanks will collect 70.000L of rain, which will be treated and distributed.
The conditions of the existing facilities frequently prevent patients to seek for help in health centers. Asa focused on enriching the aesthetic impact to make the center appealing to its users. The spatial sequence is intuitive and visually uniform to facilitate movement and orientation through the building. The accessibility is ensured to everyone. Light, views of nature, and materials quality enhance the healing process, instill tranquility, and offer a pleasant working environment.

    Kicukiro ECD&F Center stimulation room, 2015

    View of the nutrition block, 2017

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