Seeding Health in Nicaragua

Relocatable modular surgical hospital

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    Relocatable modular surgical hospital, Masaya, Nicaragua

    The aim of the construction, given the medical program, is to provide a warm human scale construction while restoring the surrounding natural landscape. The scheme seeks lightness to enhance its relocatable condition. An elevated structure on timber piles provides a secure and dry environment for healing. Natural and recycled building materials were chosen considering local industries and renewable resources to guarantee easy maintenance.

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    Relocatable modular surgical hospital, Masaya, Nicaragua

    Concept of the modular project in Masaya pilot case, showing adaptability and building procedures.

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    Relocatable modular surgical hospital, Masaya, Nicaragua

    The site in Masaya next to a lake and volcano. The project expands remediation into the lake ecosystem.

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    Relocatable modular surgical hospital, Masaya, Nicaragua

    Project natural intervention in the landscape.

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    Relocatable modular surgical hospital, Masaya, Nicaragua

    The construction method combines assembling between containers and timber folding roof.

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    Relocatable modular surgical hospital, Masaya, Nicaragua

    Energy and resource sustainability criteria. Energy production and combined cycles of consumption.

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    Relocatable modular surgical hospital, Masaya, Nicaragua

    From two basic surgery units the complete self-sufficient small hospital is laid out.

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    Relocatable modular surgical hospital, Masaya, Nicaragua

    Long sections showing different areas including the energy and waste management units.

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    Relocatable modular surgical hospital, Masaya, Nicaragua

    Detailed tender drawing of basic surgery unit and the connection with the complete building.

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    LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for Latin America prize handover ceremony, San José

    Winners of a LafargeHolcim Awards Acknowledgment 2017 for Relocatable modular surgical hospital, Masaya, Nicaragua (l-r): Paula Montoya, any scale architecture, Madrid, Spain and Javier Alonso, Javier Alonso arquitectos, Cádiz, Spain.

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    Relocatable modular surgical hospital, Masaya, Nicaragua

    Team (l-r): Martha Peña, architect, Madrid, Spain; Paula Montoya, architect, Paula Montoya – any scale architecture, Madrid, Spain; Ester Corral, architect, Madrid, Spain; Juan Escudero, architect, London, United Kingdom; and Javier Alonso, architect, Javier Alonso arquitectos, Cádiz, Spain.

  • Awards Acknowledgement prize 2017–2018 Latin America

A pilot project for a roving rural hospital that mixes temporary prefab construction with long-term, local craftsmanship, Masaya, Nicaragua.

By Paula Montoya, - Paula Montoya – any scale architecture, Madrid, SpainJavier Alonso - Javier Alonso arquitectos, Cádiz, Spain and

Ideas: Economic & Social Empowerment

Seeding Health is a pilot project for a roving rural hospital that mixes temporary prefab construction with long-term, local craftsmanship, Masaya, Nicaragua.

Because of the sensitivity of the equipment and supplies, it proposes a hybrid approach of prefabrication and local construction. Recycled shipping containers are outfitted as the core spaces of the hospital – operating room, pharmacy, kitchen, and laundry – and delivered in situ.

Seeding Health in Nicaragua

Project authors

  • Relocatable modular surgical hospital, Masaya, Nicaragua
    Paula Montoya

    Paula Montoya – any scale architecture

    Spain

  • Relocatable modular surgical hospital, Masaya, Nicaragua
    Javier Alonso

    Javier Alonso arquitectos

    Spain

  • Relocatable modular surgical hospital, Masaya, Nicaragua
    Ester Corral

    Madrid

    Spain

  • Relocatable modular surgical hospital, Masaya, Nicaragua
    Juan Escudero

    London

    United Kingdom

  • Relocatable modular surgical hospital, Masaya, Nicaragua
    Martha Peña

    Madrid

    Spain

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