Umkhumbane Medical Centre - South Africa

A specialist Medical centre inclusive of obstetrics unit, Pharmacy, Emergency referral, Physiotherapy and Dental services.

The building is conceived as a double volume circulation spine using natural light and ventilation.

Industrial building technology was used to form large span monopitch roof independent of the planning processes below. Material selection was robust, colourful and in total contrast to standard hospital conditions. The building is designed to be extended with minimal disruption to staff and patients.

Designed and documented in association with Robert Johnston Architects.

Recipient of a 2005 Kwazulu - Natal regional award for excellence. Citation read:

“This important community health facility drew the interest of the jury due to its typological inventiveness, the engagement with its site, and the careful synthesis of programmatic requirements and user experience.

A clear, naturally lit and ventilated ‘shaded’ patient circulation mall gives access to the large variety of room sizes and functions under an independent roof. In the process, the building skilfully solves complex technical problems while appropriately setting a street corner in an area in development, and transforming an industrial structural concept into an elegant object in its own right.”

Project architect: Robin Herbert

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