tamassociati: container medical complex for the salam centre
mar 03, 2010
tamassociati: container medical complex for the salam centre


the medical complex for the salam centre

looking at the amount of discarded containers laying around the building site of
the salam centre in the city of soba, sudan italian firm tam architecture had the idea to
use them again to house international staff in the complex. placed besides the hospital,
in the surroundings of the nile river it is realized around a courtyard full of mango trees.
it consists of 90 x 20ft containers for housing and  7 x 40 ft containers for the cafeteria.
every lodging is 20sqm and is realized with one and a half containers; the lodging is
composed of bedroom, bathroom and a small veranda on the court side.

particular care has been dedicated to insulation and energy saving. the containers are
insulated with a ‘layer system’. inside the container 5cm 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 sun rays never hit the containers. an innovative air conditioning
system has been tested by using solar panels and chilling machines. solar panels also
supply hot water for the entire compound.


interior


shipping containers prior to being converted


construction of the medical complex


discarded shipping containers

project info:
location and date: soba, khartoum (sudan), 2008 – 2009
client: emergency ong onlus
dimensions:
area: 8 663mq
covered surface: 1668mq
design team: program coordinator: emergency technical office,
project: studio tamassociati, structural engineering: francesco steffinlongo,
site engineer: alessandro tamai, roberto crestan

comments policy
LOG IN VIA
login with designboom
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

product library