As an important component of the Village Opera project produced in conjunction with the late Christoph Schlingensief, the Centre de Santé et de Promotion Sociale is geared towards providing basic health and medical resources for the local population in Laongo and the surrounding areas. The center consists of three units organized around a central waiting area: dentistry, gynecology and obstetrics, and general medicine. The facility is rendered with examination rooms, inpatient wards, and staff offices. Special consideration is taken for visitors and family of patients with several shaded courtyards for gathering and waiting.
The playful fenestration design emerged from the varying vantage points of standing, seated, or bedridden individuals including children. The windows are composed like picture frames, with each individual view focused on a unique part of the landscape.
In keeping with the material aesthetic and ecology of the Opera Village, local clay and laterite stone where used in the double-envelope construction of the walls for extra rain protection. Locally available eucalyptus wood, seen as an environmental nuisance as it contributes to desertification, is used to line the suspended ceilings and covered walkways of the center.
STATUS: Completed 2014
SITE: Laongo / Burkina Faso
SIZE: 1200 m²
CLIENT: Festspielhaus Afrika GmbH