August 23, 2010, 12:06 pm

CBF Women’s Health Centre
Site plan. Copyright: FARE Studio

Women’s Health Centre
General view. Copyright: Aga Khan Award for Architecture / FARE Studio

Women’s Health Centre
South view of CBF Womens’ Health Centre. Copyright: Aga Khan Award for Architecture / FARE Studio

Women’s Health Centre
Front entrance. Copyright: Aga Khan Award for Architecture / Bas Princen

Set in one of the poorest suburbs of Ouagadougou, the CBF Women’s Centre provides health and educational services and builds awareness about women’s rights. The building consists mainly of two separate but closely-related blocks. A number of passive cooling measures reduce the need for air conditioning and provide a prototype that can be replicated across the region: the two buildings are raised on a platform to encourage natural ventilation and protect the interiors from dust, mud and humidity; a lightweight PVC canopy on steel trees shades the whole; and exterior openings are fitted with glass louvres. Constructed from interlocking, compressed, soil-cement bricks made on-site, the centre has its own well and photovoltaic cells. Not only does the Centre provide health care, training and education, it also provides a gathering place for the community, somewhere to share ideas and hold celebrations. Despite its unconventional appearance, the Centre has been able to generate a strong sense of belonging.

Data

Architect: FARE Studio, Riccardo Vanucci
Client: AIDOS (Associazione Italiana Donne per lo Sviluppo)
Design: 2005
Completed: 2007
Built Area: 500 sq.m.

Credits & Copyrights

Source:
Aga Khan Award for Architecture
www.akdn.org/architecture

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Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2010 nominee: CBF Women’s Health Centre, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Set in one of the poorest suburbs of Ouagadougou, the CBF Women’s Centre provides health and educational services and builds awareness about women’s rights. The building consists mainly of two separate but closely-related blocks.

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