The world’s best new building was unveiled
A hospital in rural Bangladesh has been named the best new building in the world. The Friendship Hospital in Satkhira was declared the winner of the RIBA International Prize 2021 on Tuesday. The judges praised the structure for putting “care and humanity at the heart of its design.”
Located in a waterlogged area at risk from climate change, the £1.5million hospital is run by an NGO and embodies the spirit of resilience. Its architect, Kashef Chowdhury, designed the building to withstand extreme weather, collect rainwater, and empower patients. A channel running through the site provides natural cooling.
“The hospital is very relevant to critical global challenges such as inequitable access to healthcare and the devastating effects of climate change on vulnerable communities,” said RIBA judge Odile Decq.
“It is a demonstration of how beautiful architecture can be achieved through good design when working with a relatively modest budget and difficult contextual constraints. This hospital is a tribute to a building dedicated to people.”
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