Urbana has designed an unusual hospital that sits almost on the water. This project has been awarded the prestigious RIBA Architecture Award
February 7, 2022
An unusual brick hospital has been built in Bangladesh, which was recently awarded the prestigious RIBA Architecture Award. The Friendship Hospital project was developed by Urbana. The hospital complex consists of five one- and two-story brick buildings with flat roofs. All of them are made in a modern style, completely devoid of external decor and consist of right angles, lines and rectangular columns. In this case, the main material is brick, referring to the traditional architecture of past eras.
The Friendship Hospital is built on former farmland that was converted into shrimp farms due to flooding. The complex water landscape made these places difficult to access for both transport and, accordingly, medical care.
In Urbana's project, water becomes an integral part of the architecture: the canal serves to zone the territory, in particular, to separate inpatients and outpatients. A well-thought-out collection and control system allows you to separate fresh rain and sea water and at the same time use water for natural cooling of the site.
These and many other extraordinary solutions, a well-thought-out environment that contributes to the recovery of patients, and an important social mission — all this served as the basis for the high appraisal of the project by the RIBA expert jury.