This is the third of a four-part installment of my article on Studio TAMassociati and their Pediatric Center in Port Sudan for the new PUBLIC Journal, the first publication dedicated solely to public interest design and architecture. Read the first part on the studio here and the second part on the design of the building here.
In this post, we look at the low-cost, low-maintenance mechanical and plumbing systems designed to maximize the efficiency of the building in the harsh desert climate.
DESIGNING FOR EFFICIENCY & LONGEVITY
Because the site is in an arid climate zone where temperatures often exceed 120°F, the grassy play areas and garden surrounding the hospital are understandably out of the ordinary and require constant irrigation. The architects worked with engineers from Climosfera to devise a wastewater treatment system to irrigate the greenery surrounding the site. “That is the only green in all of Sudan because of the filtration system with wastewater,” said Pantaleo. “This has become a central part of the [greater city] area where people can meet and also because at night it’s the only place where people can get light.”Continue Reading