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The Recycled Shipping Container Medical Complex in Sudan

By Trish Broome |
I’d like to tell you about a unique medical complex in Soba, Sudan that’s built with shipping containers!

Thanks to a few discarded shipping containers, a much-needed medical complex is finally built in Soba, Sudan.

Building a structure from recycled shipping containers is a great way to save money and to save the environment. Now I’d like to tell you about a unique medical complex in Soba, Sudan that’s built with, you guessed it, shipping containers!

Located along the beautiful Nile River, the medical complex for the Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery is a shining example of how caring for the environment goes hand in hand with caring for people. The complex was built by Italian firm Tam Architecture. After seeing all of the discarded shipping containers lying in a nearby construction site, the firm decided to recycle them into something that the Salam Centre could use. Thus, a very cool and energy-efficient medical building was born.

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The recycled complex is now a housing unit for international medical staff. It sits in the middle of a courtyard full of mango trees, and has housing units that measure 20 sqm. Each housing unit comes with a bedroom, bathroom and a small veranda. Another cool aspect about the building: it has a cafeteria made from recycled 7 ft x 40 ft containers.

Here’s a video that shows you the entire structure:

A few other “green” features of the complex include:

  • 5 cm insulating panels on the inside
  • A second layer of insulated panels on the outside
  • A bamboo brise-soleil panel system on the outside (the panels project horizontally from the building)
  • Solar panels that help supply hot water

This medical complex is a wonderful example of how something old can be turned into something new and extremely useful. Just imagine how many third world countries could benefit from these!

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