MASANGA DWELLINGS


The project is rooted in the reconstruction of the Masanga Hospital, centrally located in Sierra Leone in West Africa. The hospital opened in 1964, was shut down in 1997 due to the civil war and reopened again in 2006 led by the Danish doctor Peter Bo Nielsen. 

WHAT

Several new housing units for the staff at Masanga Hospital in Sierra Leone. The hospital will thus have an easier time recruiting qualified staff. Today the hospital is functioning well and around 150 patients are treated every day. One of the biggest issues, that they are facing, is the lack of decent staff housing. Without decent housing the staff is left to live in primitive huts and attracting qualified staff is difficult.

WHERE

Masanga, Sierra Leone

DEVELOPMENT TARGETS
  • That Masanga Hospital can attract qualified labour by offering decent accommodation.
  • That the hospital, through more and better trained staff, can increase its capacity and provide better service to people living within its catchment area.
ARCHITECTURE

The project contains several new housing units for the staff of the Masanga Hospital. The specific units is a part of a bigger whole, which gradually can develop and be used by locals as a standard model for developing their village. The units have a longer lifespan and offers a better indoor climate for a lower cost. The country is going to operate the hospital by 2016 and the ambition is to construct 250 staff housing units by then. An important aspect is to secure local ownership by including the community in the construction, so they can take over the future constructions.

It has been of high focus to develop housing that took climate, functionality and local materials into consideration. The intention has also been to integrate parametres such as natural ventilation, daylight and cooling. Because of a very limited financial frame low cost solutions have also been of high priority. Each unit is to be inhabited by a family or three nurses.

PARTNERS

React, Masanga’s Friends

FINANCING

The project has received financing from Statens KunstfondDreyers Fond and Masanga’s Friends.

PROJECT PERIOD

2010-2012

PROJECT TEAM

Rasmus C. Hamann, Camilla Kragh, Silje Erøy Sollien

DO YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE

Contact Architects Without Borders Denmark.