RIBA declare Bangladesh’s hospital world’s best new building

Friendship Hospital - Photo courtesy of Asif Salman / URBANA

ISLAMABAD, Jan 31 ( Alliance News): The hospital in a remote village in Bangladesh has been dubbed the ‘new best building’ in the world.

The best building  award was given by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) to Friendship Hospital in Shyamnagar, a village in Satkhira district in southwestern Bangladesh.

This area of ​​Bangladesh is at risk of rising sea level and frequent floods.

The 80-bed hospital was built with locally made bricks.

Kashif Chaudhry, the project’s chief architect, told Al Jazeera: “We used local materials and architects. We are sure that the residents of the villages around the hospital will accept the site and come for their treatment.” ۔

There is a canal around the whole hospital which also separates the different sections there.

Kashif Chaudhry said that the canal would provide cooling which would help in avoiding the use of air conditioning and saving electricity.

“We have built a number of corridors, gardens, poles, trees, greenery part of the hospital that delivers sunlight and wind everywhere,” he said.

Architects say the hospital was designed with the effects of climate change in mind.

The locals were delighted to see the hospital awarded the title of the best building in the world and said that we have never seen a hospital like this, which feels like a part of nature and nothing artificial has been used there.



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