We are proud to announce that our team of Cosmos Architecture in collaboration with HAS Architecture has got the honorable mention for the project called Healing Terraces.
Healing terraces. The project is supported by Archstorming in collaboration with His Hands on Africa, a non-profit organization born in 2016 that wants to address the lack of dental services by equipping communities to achieve sustainability with dignity. The chosen location is Rwanda, a small country in the heart of Africa.
In Rwanda, 18% of morbidity cases are directly linked to treatable oral diseases that are easily preventable and curable, with access to basic dental care and education, according to the 2016 reports by the Rwandan District Hospital. Rwanda currently has 48 dentists in a country with a population of almost 12 million people, which translates to about one dentist for every 250,000 potential patients. By comparison, the United States has approximately 1 dentist per every 1,600 patients. Despite major efforts to rebuild the nation, the statistics remain in despair and the need for more dental care professionals is greater than ever we will help HHOA build a Dental Clinic and Training Institute in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda.
The HOPE Dental Center will operate a world-class dental clinic in the Kacyiru sector of the capital city, Kigali. It will be the foundation of HHOA’s vision for a sustainable dental care system in Rwanda. The clinic will be equipped with the latest dental equipment and technology and managed with efficiency to provide an unmatched patient experience.
Also, part of HHOA’s mission is to raise up dentists through education and discipleship and send them out to serve their communities with love, compassion and integrity. In addition to the dental clinic itself, the HOPE Dental Center will include a modern training institute and dental laboratory where local dentists will receive advanced dental training.
Healing terraces aspires to create a series of terraced buildings that is adaptable, interactive, and accessible for the community in Kigali. Looking at the natural slopped topography of the site, we decided to create a design that respects the surrounding and the existing greenery as if it was already a part of the beautiful scenery of the site. The principal act that was done through the design is to create continues steps that follows the existing topography to allow an easy accessibility through and to the site, within this steps the volumes of the dental center are exiting as a continuation with various scales following the required programs. These buildings create a calm meditative environment as it generates a series of terraces that blends in a homogeneous way with the existing nature, creating a stage to observe and to interact with the natural environment and the beautiful horizon of the city.
The design program is divided into three buildings these buildings relatively creates four big community terraces, each of these buildings is penetrated by courtyards that create good air ventilation and providing a natural daylight inside the interior spaces. The highest building in the design is building 1 which is a two floors building and it is located in the close side to the main car road, and this building contains most of the medical and educational spaces. In the middle of the site there is building 3 which is mostly a residential building and the location is easily accessible by both the workers of building 1 and 2. The lowest building is building number two and this one is with a direct connection to the secondary car road to allow an easy access to the truck warehouse. The three buildings are designed to be made with local construction materials to preserve the identity and the cultural values of the site. HEALING TERRACES.