As an artist, an architect shapes the world around her. She establishes a relationship between building and occupant. As an architect, I believe architecture is an art spanning all media. Daily, I work as a painter, a sculptor, a carpenter, a craftsman, a photographer. I engage space, people, landscape, building materials, plants, animals, and climate. I seek to establish a unison across this spectrum and curate a sense of worthiness amidst a space. Architecture is an opportunity to engage its stakeholders throughout this creative process. As more individuals act as spatial agents, as architects, they will empower one another in curating a sense of ownership. Communities will craft and establish a shared dignity in the creative act of design.
Exterior corridors reduce the transmission of airborne disease;
Louvered and clerestory windows optimize air exchange;
Overall layout considers patient and staff flow, maximizing ease and efficiency of care;
Landscaped courtyards, private terraces, and shared gardens serve family gatherings and patients’ comfort;
A continuous floor finish mitigates bacterial growth.
In marrying a hospital’s design and health strategies, BDH represents a new model of health infrastructure. However, it is neither the louvered windows nor the floor finish that has changed the community of Butaro’s sense of dignity. It is neither the private outdoor terraces nor the beautifully cut volcanic stone (“amakoro”) walls throughout the landscape. It is each community member’s participation and contribution throughout the creative process. It is the 3,989 people employed to construct the project who empower one another in this shared responsibility. It is newly trained, highly skilled masons and local contractors who empower one another throughout the building process. It is the Butaro community and all other individuals who have exposed the common yearning for dignity and the power in building a shared beauty and worth amongst one another.
“Treat people as they want to be and you help them become what they are capable of being.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe