Kenya Women and Children's Wellness Centre
Square Footage: 446,700
National Healthcare Design Award, Unbuilt 2012
AIA Academy of Architecture for Health
WAN Awards - Healthcare, Unbuilt, 2011
World Architecture News
Located on the campus of United States International University in Nairobi, Kenya, the Kenya Women and Children's Wellness Centre (KWCWC) will be a state-of-the-art healthcare facility for Kenya. The overall project is composed of several facilities that share a common tie of wellness for the community. The main programmed elements include a 170-bed inpatient hospital, women's and children's outpatient clinics, institute of learning, Gender Violence Recovery Center (GVRC), family Village (hostel) and a forensics laboratory. The facilities are organized into a campus setting overlooking the rolling landscape. The variety of complementary health and wellness facilities are designed to provide a holistic approach to well-being beyond traditional medical care.
The design and massing of the buildings is a response to the construction methods and climate in Kenya. The buildings maximize daylighting and natural ventilation in this temperate equatorial climate. Planning orients the linear bar buildings east-west to minimize the heat gain into the building. Large overhangs on the north and south façades accommodate sun shading and operable Windows while the solid east/west end walls minimize direct solar radiation. The buildings take advantage of the site, stepping the building into the site and providing views to the north, and buffering highway noise from the south.