We were delighted to be asked by Medical Architecture to work on this teaching hospital outside Harper, near the East end of the country, for Partners in Health – a Boston based NGO. A major constraint was the lack of a recognisable construction industry in the ebola-ravaged country, but we needed structural steel to make it work.
So we went on a mission to neighbouring Cote d’Ivoire where we were able to source the skills and materials needed, though the road between the border river crossing and the site was an unmetalled track which needed work before it could be traversed by lorries.
Bob Wills, the project Architect, gave us a completely free hand in designing the roof structure and shape. We came up with a kit of parts which could be transported in 20-foot sea containers. A very large eaves and gable overhang provides solar and rain shadow protecting the walls; the roof structure is a uniform 600 deep 3D truss, creating a plenum between the eaves and the ridge.