Team: Gabby Quijada, Garrett Knelli
Architects Without Borders | Seattle, 2016
The Infant Rescue Center (IRC) is a care center for sick children and infants located in Dano, Burkina Faso. Working on a three-person team of volunteer architects, the design utilizes readily available materials, predominantly laterite stone bricks. The complex includes consultation rooms, offices, a dining area, dormitories for variuos ages and private apartments for the guardians of the sick children. Program has been divided into modules separated by breezeways to allow for winds to cool the courtyard and connect the two main outdoor spaces. Passive cooling was the priority for interior spaces and is facilitated by perforations in the module wall, as well as barrel vaulted ceilings with air outlets. The large overhanging shed roofs, lifted off of brick modules by steel frames, complement the vaulted ceilings, shading the module masses from the midday sun and protecting from seasonal heavy rains, while still allowing for hot air to rise and exhaust from the interior spaces.