Kaédi Regional Hospital

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Kaédi Regional Hospital, outside view.
Kaédi Regional Hospital extension. Patient families camp directly around in-patients rooms
Kaédi Regional Hospital, inside view.
Corridor of the Hospital extension, free from accompanying families and featuring openings for cross-through ventilation.

The Kaedi Regional Hospital is the largest health facility in Southern Mauritania, and one known for its innovative architecture.

The new hospital (actually a large extension onto an existing concrete structure) involves the use of handfired locally made brick and a design based on a sequence of simple and complex dome structures. The structure was intended to be both to be naturally cool even while letting in significant light from the outdoors.

The hospital was designed by Fabrizio Carola of ADAUA, the Association for the Development of Traditional African Urbanism and Architecture. ADUA also used the design and construction project to develop and disseminate both a new "urban vernacular" architecture for the region and to train workers in new, low-cost and locally appropriate techniques in construction. Workmen were trained on site in the new techniques

The hospital won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1995.


Coordinates: 16°09′02″N 13°30′24″W / 16.15056°N 13.50667°W / 16.15056; -13.50667