Ali Mohammed T. Al-Ghanim Clinic by AGi architects

Ali Mohammed T Al-Ghanim Clinic

Ali Mohammed T Al-Ghanim Clinic
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Ali Mohammed T. Al-Ghanim Clinic by AGi architects, “Highly Commended” at WAF Awards 2015. 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.

Ali Mohammed T Al-Ghanim Clinic
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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.

Ali Mohammed T Al-Ghanim Clinic
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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.

Ali Mohammed T Al-Ghanim Clinic
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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.

Ali Mohammed T Al-Ghanim Clinic
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An anodized and perforated metal sheet allows sufficient light to enter, constructing a veiled threshold in between exterior and internal courtyards. Upon entering the clinic, a colorful ceramic mosaic welcomes patients.

Ali Mohammed T Al-Ghanim Clinic
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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.

Ali Mohammed T Al-Ghanim Clinic
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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-.

Ali Mohammed T Al-Ghanim Clinic
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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.

Ali Mohammed T Al-Ghanim Clinic
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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.

Ali Mohammed T Al-Ghanim Clinic
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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. Source by AGi architects.

Ali Mohammed T Al-Ghanim Clinic
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Location: Kuwait
Architect: AGi architects
Project 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: – “Highly Commended” at WAF Awards 2015, WAF Award 2013 Winner – Future Projects Health category
-Bronze A’Design Award 2013 – “Architecture, Building and Structure Design Category”
Area: 6,500 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nelson Garrido
Images: Courtesy of AGi architects

Ali Mohammed T Al-Ghanim Clinic
Ground Floor Plan
Ali Mohammed T Al-Ghanim Clinic
First Floor Plan
Ali Mohammed T Al-Ghanim Clinic
Diagram
Ali Mohammed T Al-Ghanim Clinic
Diagram
Ali Mohammed T Al-Ghanim Clinic
Mesh Details

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