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Check Out Stellar Dormitories for a Rwandan Medical Campus

All photos by Bruce Engel via <a href="">ArchDaily</a>.
All photos by Bruce Engel via ArchDaily.

Designed by New York architect Sharon Davis (of Sharon Davis Design), this set of dormitories for a healthcare campus in rural Rwanda will upend your expectations for contemporary architecture around the world. That's by design. Davis, with the collaborative support of the non-profit organization Partners in Health, the Rwandan Share Houses, as they're known, accommodate up to 16 visiting medical professionals in two interconnected gabled volumes measuring a total of 6,900 square feet.

Each building marries vernacular construction materials (using eucalyptus branches for sunscreens, for example), all sourced in Rwanda, and Western techniques (like high, gabled ceilings for increased airflow inside the structures in their hot, oft-dry climate) to interesting effect. Inside, light streams in via skylights and square, porthole-like wall cutouts arranged artfully along individual facades. The dorms support the nearby 110-bed Rwinkwavu Hospital.

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