Design for excellence: Salam Centre


The Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2013, winning project;

Middle East Architect Awards 2010, winning project – “Sustainable Project of the Year”;

Italian Architecture Gold Medal 2009, commented;

Dedalo Minosse International Awards 2008, special prize.


A cardio-surgery centre to offer highly specialized assistance to patients affected by cardiological pathologies. The Salam Centre is run and managed by the Italian based humanitarian organisation Emergency. The centre started its clinical activities in April 2007. “Salam” means peace in Arabic. The Centre offers free-of-charge assistance to patients affected by both congenital and acquired heart diseases.
The plot is located in the south of Khartoum, facing the Blue Nile river; the Salam Centre was not conceived as a sole building but as a system of buildings and correlated spaces: the Hospital blocks; an administration area; a technical and service area; a Guest-house for relatives of patients coming from outside Khartoum; a Meditation Pavilion for patients of all creeds and religions; a Medical Compound made of container-houses.


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  • Place: Khartoum, Sudan
    Client: Emergency ong onlus
    Status: completed in 2007
    Design: TAMassociati, Emergency building and technical division, Sebastiano Crescini
    Consultants: INGECO srl (structural engineering), Studio Pasquini with Jean Paul Riviere and Nicola Zoppi (mechanical/services engineering), Franco Binetti (Operating Theatre design), Roberto Crestan with Alessandro Giacomello (site engineering)
    Photo: Marcello Bonfanti, AKAA/Cemal Emden