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Friendship Hospital, Satkhira

by Kashef Chowdhury/URBANA

Client Friendship NGO
Awards RIBA International Awards for Excellence 2021

This project won RIBA International Prize 2021

© Asif Salman/Courtesy of URBANA

The Friendship Hospital Satkhira, designed by Kasef Chowdhury/URBANA, is built to serve a rural population in the Bangladesh delta. The community hospital of eighty beds was initiated by a donation of land by a local philanthropist.

In a changing context due to rising sea levels, the once surrounding landscape of grain fields has been replaced by shrimp fisheries. The architect makes this surrounding water play a key role in the building with the design of a rainwater-collecting canal landscaping creatively in between the multiple blocks masterplan to separate inpatient and outpatient departments.

© Asif Salman/Courtesy of URBANA

The technology of the hospital is not emphasised but is hidden in the simplicity and the evidence of the design of its plan. The design of the project effectively transmits a sense of protection to the hospital users with shadow corridors around all the blocks and a series of courtyards providing natural ventilation everywhere and regulating the temperature efficiently.

The construction in bricks built in situ celebrates this ordinary material without having to resort to complex technology leading to increased budgets. Local materials by local craftmanship helps the integration of the building to the native culture and society.

© Asif Salman/Courtesy of URBANA

The jury found it refreshing to see a hospital with such a human and natural touch. The Friendship Hospital has a particular relevancy at this period of time as it addresses the issue of unequal access to healthcare throughout the world.

It is a demonstration of how beautiful architecture can be achieved through good design when working with a relatively modest budget and with difficult contextual constraints. This hospital is a celebration of a building dedicated to humans.

© Asif Salman/Courtesy of URBANA

Date of completion April 2018
Location Shyamnagar, Bangladesh
Cost £1,516,000
Internal area 4,777 m²
Cost per m² £317 / m²

Contractor Golam Mostofa Limited
Structural Engineers
Descon Engineers
Electrical Engineer Independent
Plumbing Design M/S High Speed Engineers
Sewage Treatment Sigma Engineers Ltd.

© Kashef Chowdhury/URBANA
© Kashef Chowdhury/URBANA
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