Abraham Fung, Andrew Le (SODO-SOPA) and Dan Layden (fold studio)
Located in the Kacyiru District of Kigali, the Hope Dental Center is a proposed dental clinic designed by Sydney-based design collective SODO-SOPA and Dan Layden of Fold Studio.
Also referred to as kigali roofscapes due to its three sweeping roof planes, the proposal intends to establish a safe community within a building that is integrated seamlessly into nature and the surrounding Rwandan landscape.
The scheme is situated on a sloping site and is divided into three separate buildings embedded into the contours of the site. The three buildings are connected by large pathways, outdoor seating decks and landscaped zones. The aforementioned Three sweeping roof planes define the external architectural expression as they mirror the slope of the site, a nod to the Rwandan topography. Each of the three volumes house a number of functional spaces including dental offices, laboratories, residences and a storage facility, all of which are carefully dispersed across the scheme.
The Hope Dental Center is intended to be the foundation for a sustainable dental care system in Rwanda and a destination to service, gather and learn while being in a welcoming and accessible place for residents and visitors. The clinic will be equipped with the latest dental equipment and technology and managed with the greatest efficiency to provide an unmatched patient experience.