Butaro Doctors' Sharehousing
Can housing foster a community of care?
The Butaro Doctors' Sharehousing, a second phase of housing for staff at the Butaro Hospital, provides additional living quarters for medical staff while continuing to develop construction crafts in this rural region of Rwanda.
Rural health facilities are often under-staffed by a rotation of doctors across rural East Africa, and the implementation of physician housing at the Butaro Hospital in 2012 proved immensely successful in contributing to quality of care and retention of physicians. Building on this success, the Butaro Doctors’ Sharehousing diversifies local housing options for doctors as well as nurses and other medical staff, contributing to the Ministry of Health’s goal of developing the Butaro Hospital as an exemplary teaching hospital and a model for holistic rural across the East Africa.
The original Butaro Doctors’ Housing consists of four single family homes. The three units that make up Butaro Sharehousing supplement this with spacious, communal- style housing for 15+ medical professionals. While including sufficient private and comfortable space, the Sharehousing fosters community amongst staff, and plays on the architectural identity established in the first four houses, maintaining a sense of place as the community on the hill grows. Most building elements are custom-made on site for the facility by the masons, woodworkers and other construction staff employed on this and previous projects – a fact that is emphasized by the Sharehouses’ distinct, angular shape.
Built with the generous support of the Daniel E. Ponton Fund at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Location: Butaro, Rwanda
Size: 560 sq. m.
Program: Doctors' Housing
Services: Architectural & Structural Design, Landscape Design, Construction Administration
Daniel E. Ponton at the Brigham and Women's Hospital
Rwanda Ministry of Health
Partners In Health
Brigham and Women's Hospital
The Daniel E. Ponton Fund