Anshen + Allen Transforms Ship Containers into Flexi-Clinics

25 February 2010 (Last Updated February 25th, 2010 18:30)

San Francisco architecture firm Anshen + Allen has transformed shipping containers into rapid-deployment health clinics for use in developing countries around the world. The practice used ArchiCAD building information modelling software to design the clinics for non-profit organisation

San Francisco architecture firm Anshen + Allen has transformed shipping containers into rapid-deployment health clinics for use in developing countries around the world.

The practice used ArchiCAD building information modelling software to design the clinics for non-profit organisation Containers to Clinics (C2C).

Initially, two empty 8ft×20ft containers were created into consultation spaces serving as a laboratory and a pharmacy within two weeks. The prototype offered efficient use of space and resources.

C2C executive director Elizabeth Sheehan headed the project's final design, which includes examination beds, insulation to retain cool air and a false wall with an automatic locking door.

The first clinic will be installed in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, and can be shipped by sea on flatbed trucks.

Anshen + Allen said it used ArchiCAD material, profile, window and rendering tools. ArchiCAD was developed by virtual building company Graphisoft.