Adjaye Associates has revealed designs for a paediatric cancer centre in Kigali, Rwanda.
The practice has been commissioned by the Eugene Gasana Jr. Foundation to design the a 22,000m², 100-bed hospital which ‘embodies African culture and utilises sustainable resources’.
Located on a 4ha site in the Rwandan capital, the paediatric cancer centre will provide a hospital and lodging facility for outpatients living close to the hospital, as well as residential housing for physicians and nurses.
Using ‘a geometric language that references’ the popular Rwandan art form Imigongo – a popular art form in Rwanda that is produced from cow dung and includes often black, white and red patterned designs painted on walls, pottery and canvas – the design concept uses a geometric language which ‘plays with these traditional compositions’.
Speaking about the project David Adjaye said: ‘Design can provide a critical inquiry into social consciousness and I have always sought to work out the aesthetics of this inquiry in my work.
‘The creation of a state of the art children’s hospital in Rwanda has provided an incredible opportunity for architecture to contribute to a social change agenda in this way and to create a building that is a first for the continent - at the heart of the continent.
‘It is an honor and an exciting prospect to be working on this project, where the design parameters have acknowledged the important role of environment on patient care and the process of healing is understood to be intrinsically linked to qualities such as light, views and materiality.’