White’s work with Panzi Hospital Highly Commended at WAF 2018

White’s work with a feasibility study for a new mother-baby unit and a masterplan for Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been Highly Commended in the category Health – Future Project in the 2018 WAF Awards.

The new mother-baby unit is planned to reduce maternal and post-natal mortality rate, support positive birth experiences and improve the working conditions for the hospital’s dedicated staff. The team used a participatory approach and involved staff, patients and the community when devising the concept and plan. Their input has ensured that the concept addresses their wants and needs.

Addressing a universal need for integrity and a level of privacy for both patients and their family, the new unit has patient rooms containing one or two beds and allow relatives to support patients during their stay. Easy navigation, ample daylight and views out to nature have been prioritised to support the healing process. Green courtyards provide opportunities for rehabilitation, recreation and social activities.

The project is a beautiful contribution, supporting some of the most vulnerable women in the world. White Arkitekter’s thorough research and multidisciplinary approach results in a sustainable solution in many aspects: environmental, social and cultural. It shows that lives can be saved also by architectural means.
Category judge Helena Sandman, architect

Panzi Hospital is run by human rights defender and receiver of the Nobel Peace Prize 2018 Dr Denis Mukwege,

We are not teachers or doctors, but as architects we can contribute to a better world through arcitecture that strengthens democratic processes. Working towards a more equitable society fits well into White’s core values and here our contribution also supports Dr. Mukwege’s work for democracy, making it a kind of ‘double statement'.
Cristiana Caira, White’s lead project architect

The feasibility study has been carried out by White Arkitekter in collaboration with Panzi Hospital, University of Gothenburg, WSP, Art of Life and Birth and the Center for Health Architecture at Chalmers.

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