Tambacounda Pediatric and Maternity Hospital


Project Information


Client: Josef and Annie Albers Foundation with Le Korsa

Architect: Manuel Herz Architects, Basel

Project Team: Manuel Herz, Alexis Schulman, Moussa Belkacem, Penny Alevizou

General Contractor: Dr. Magueye Ba

Completion: Spring 2021

All photographs: Iwan Baan












Tambacounda Hospital is the only hospital in a large region of eastern Senegal. It serves the 100,000 inhabitants of the city of Tambacounda - declared the hottest metropolis on the planet - and more than a million people from the surrounding region and Mali, whose border is about an hour and a half away.


The new maternity and pediatric clinic at Tambacounda Hospital is a two-storey, curvilinear building. It combines the two clinics - pediatrics and maternity - in the same building. It is located to the north of the existing pediatric clinic and revolves around it, then changes direction to create a new, semi-closed, north-facing courtyard. The curvilinear layout creates a building with sensual quality while ensuring that almost no trees need to be cut for its construction.


On the ground floor are the main parts of the maternity ward and the operations unit. One floor higher, we find the remaining rooms of the patients of the maternity and the pediatric clinic. The existing building of the former pediatric clinic will be converted into a home, office, and consultation space for both clinics. The existing building is connected to the new building by a short covered walkway.