Our commission to design an ambulatory surgical facility in Kyabirwa, Uganda, is prototype project developed by Dr. Michael L. Marin, Chair of Mount Sinai’s Department of Surgery in New York City. Dr. Marin has envisioned a model for developing an independent, self-sustaining facility capable of providing surgical treatments in resource-poor areas.
Our design for the first of these facilities takes inspiration from the stand of banana plants adjoining the Soft Power Health Clinic in Kyabirwa. Imagining solar panels as leaves that collect sun and provide shade, a solar array shelters and powers a simple modular brick facility. The building is composed of three functional elements: a reception pavilion and a courtyard waiting area for patients’ families, an intermediate pavilion for pre-op and post-op activities, and a sterile pavilion with two operating rooms and related support spaces.