The new maternity center is located at the entrance of the Woldyia city hospital becoming a new gathering area for future mothers. The maternity is divided into two areas: the maternity unit, which is the functional medical space, and the mothers’ waiting area, a temporary hostel for upcoming patients that need a place to stay before they enter in the final stage of their pregnancy.
The maternity unit is composed by 3 rectangular concrete volumes that are connected by glass corridors that bring light inside the main circulation. The volumes contemporary design is combined with traditional details shaped like a local fractal pattern. Electricity is generated with photovoltaic panels making the building independent from the grid and serving its own demands. The mothers’ waiting area is inspired by the traditional Ethiopian tukuls, and it is composed by circular volumes that are arranged with a similar geometry and built with steel and bamboo. Covered open air spaces in both areas take advantage of the climate and reinforce the relationship of the building and the community.