Mount Sinai Ambulatory Surgical Facility

This prototype for an independent, self-sustaining ambulatory surgical facility provides life-saving treatments in underserved parts of the world.

The design for the first of these facilities takes inspiration from the stands of banana plants found on the site in Kyabirwa, a rural village near the equator in Uganda. The solar panels collect sun and provide shade, much like the surrounding banana plants. The solar array shelters and powers the simple modular brick facility beneath. 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. The facility provides access to surgical treatments not available to this community before, as well as training for nurses and surgeons on quality surgical care. The medical staff is also supported by telemedicine links to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, with real-time operating room video conferencing.

Kyabirwa, Uganda

8,000 sf


  • Fast Company World Changing Ideas Honorable Mention
  • AIA New York Design Award
  • AIA Healthcare Design Award

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