Depleted healthcare from inadequate resources and medical education in Ghana fuels the Amani Foundation’s endeavor for a medical center, reinvesting in medical care reducing childbirth mortality. The Texas A&M Architecture and Landscape/Urban Planning studios blend expertise in a comprehensive proposal solving this problem. Synthesizing Landscape/Urban Planning site tours and climate/topographic studies with our cultural research, Evidence-Based methods and medical planning expertise developed a plan for medical schools, village housing and dormitories. The Polyclinic, Emergency, Diagnostics and Treatment areas were the main focus with my specific role of designing the main lobby. Contextual familiarity and inviting connection between departments drove cultural food references in the pepper slice concept and Kente Cloth abstraction. Food as architecture formed the seating patterns and departmentally color-coded glass atria, while local materiality and native patterning yielded the staggered, duo-tone vernacular used in floor, wall, and shading design. Tactility and symbolism with Evidence-Based strategies and environmental responsibility form place-making serving West Africa.
Status: School Project
Location: Kpong, GH