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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Ali Mohammed T. Al-Ghanim Clinic in Kuwait by AGi architects

 
April 1st, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: AGi architects

Ali Mohammed T. Al-Ghanim Clinic building by AGi architects stands as a pioneer in the healthcare sector, where challenging issues such as privacy and security are addressed using a new model, where courtyards attached to the façade are the driving element behind this unique typology.

Image Courtesy © Nelson Garrido

Image Courtesy © Nelson Garrido

  • Architects: AGi architects 
  • Project: Ali Mohammed T. Al-Ghanim Clinic
  • Location: Kuwait
  • Photography: Nelson Garrido
  • Design Team: Nasser B. Abulhasan, Joaquin Pérez-Goicoechea
  • Architectural Design Team: Salvador Cejudo, Stefania Rendinelli, Hanan Alkouh, Gwenola Kergall
    Bruno Gomes, Ana López Cerrato
  • Client: Ministry of Health of Kuwait / Mr. Ali Mohammad Thuniyan Al-Ghanim
  • Awards: -WAF Award 2013 Winner – Future Projects Health category -Bronze A’Design Award 2013 – “Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category”
  • Type: Health | 6,500 sqm
  • Date: 2011-2014

Image Courtesy © Nelson Garrido

Image Courtesy © Nelson Garrido

The program occupies the entirety of the site, and from afar the building is viewed as a monolithic element solidifying its ground and creating a high walled fortress protecting from vandalism and maximizing privacy. The courtyards are carved into the building, allowing for natural light into all the clinics. The concept of the façade generating light, views and ventilation is reversed; and the courtyards are brought inwards from the perimeter creating further privacy. Examination rooms have been located towards the closed outer façade and opened to the interior courtyards in which common space flows.

Image Courtesy © Nelson Garrido

Image Courtesy © Nelson Garrido

Working directly with manufacturers and parametric processes that generate maximum areas based on minimum thicknesses, and adaptable geometries to incorporate efficient substructures have allowed creating a contemporary mesh that connects to the cultural identity of end users. An anodized and perforated metal sheet allows sufficient light to enter, constructing a veiled threshold in between exterior and internal courtyards.

Image Courtesy © Nelson Garrido

Image Courtesy © Nelson Garrido

Upon entering the clinic, a colorful ceramic mosaic welcomes patients. This range of colors will go with visitors during their stay at the clinic, identifying counters of each medical specialty with different colors included in the mosaic. This common practice in the hospital use is especially useful when building users belong to very different cultures, users who not only do not know the language but use different alphabets –Devanagari, Arabic or Roman-.

Image Courtesy © Nelson Garrido

Image Courtesy © Nelson Garrido

Due to the density and variety of the program presented in this clinic, the spaces are sectioned off into multiple self-sufficient departments, which can operate independently from one another. Internal circulation is organized in a fluid way, conceiving space as a succession of linked rooms and public areas, avoiding as much as possible the typical corridor scheme of hospital typology.

The Ali Mohammed T. Al-Ghanim Clinic is viewed as an iconic progressive building, in which this vision could not have been apprehended without the generous donation of Mr. Ali Mohammad Thuniyan Al-Ghanim.

Image Courtesy © Nelson Garrido

Image Courtesy © Nelson Garrido

Image Courtesy © Nelson Garrido

Image Courtesy © Nelson Garrido

Image Courtesy © Nelson Garrido

Image Courtesy © Nelson Garrido

Image Courtesy © Nelson Garrido

Image Courtesy © Nelson Garrido

Image Courtesy © Nelson Garrido

Image Courtesy © Nelson Garrido

Image Courtesy © Nelson Garrido

Image Courtesy © Nelson Garrido

Image Courtesy © Nelson Garrido

Image Courtesy © Nelson Garrido

Image Courtesy © Nelson Garrido

Image Courtesy © Nelson Garrido

Image Courtesy © AGi architects

Image Courtesy © AGi architects

Image Courtesy © AGi architects

Image Courtesy © AGi architects

Image Courtesy © AGi architects

Image Courtesy © AGi architects

Image Courtesy © AGi architects

Image Courtesy © AGi architects

Image Courtesy © AGi architects

Image Courtesy © AGi architects

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