Sudan project recognised at Dubai awards

Salam Centre beats 16 other nominees to clinch top spot

The Salam Centre in Sudan
The Salam Centre in Sudan

A small project in Sudan by Italian firm Tamassociati has won best sustainable project at the Middle East Architect Awards in Dubai.

Salam Centre, a highly sustainable residential project constructed out of disused cargo containers, beat 16 other nominees from across the Middle East and North Africa region.

The project was chosen over the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), by HOK, which was highly commended by judges but missed out on the top spot by a small margin.

Tamassociati designed the Salam Centre after constructing a hospital on a nearby site. They decided to re-use the containers rather than ship them back to Europe, and installed shading systems, solar power and insulation to make the rooms habitable even in Sudan’s harsh climate.

Unfortunately the Italians were unable to make the trip to Dubai to accept the award in person, and it was accepted on their behalf by awards judge, and professor of architecture at the American University of Sharjah, George Katodrytis.

One judge, commenting on the Salam Centre, said it was: “a truly inspirational project. More of its kind deserve recognition.”

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