ACHHAM, NEPAL – 2017 [SEE THE PROGRESS]
Lead designer for Sharon Davis Design
The expansion of the Bayalpata Regional Hospital will transform an aged and overrun facility into an exemplary model for sustainable rural health care under the direction of the client Possible Health. The hospital will become Nepal’s first rural teaching hospital, capable of delivering low-cost, high quality healthcare to 75,000 patients per year in Nepal’s most remote and poorest region. Set on a hilltop surrounded by terraced slopes of the Seti River valley, the 2-hectare master plan includes 14 single family staff houses, an 8-unit dorm, new outpatient, emergency, lab, pharmacy, administration, and inpatient buildings, and protected outdoor waiting areas enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding hills.
The new hospital serves a rural population of over 250,000 people that make $141 per year and live 36 hours by bus from the capital and healthcare center of the country and have no other access to a single healthcare provider. Patients and visitors travel up to 7 days on foot to reach the hospital, many of whom have never received modern healthcare or experienced a facility of this scale. The design maintains the vernacular scale through setbacks and gabled roofs, creating a more familiar, intimate environment.