The Burundi Heart Centre: From concept to design


  • Julia Backhaus 1. Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, London, UK 2. Chain of Hope, London, UK
  • Lisa Yacoub Chain of Hope, London, UK
  • Angelique Kembaris Chain of Hope, London, UK
  • Gavin Wright 2. Chain of Hope, London, UK 3. Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, UK
  • Magdi H Yacoub 2. Chain of Hope, London, UK 4. Imperial College, London, UK 5. Qatar Cardiovascular Research Centre, Doha, Qatar


Burundi is one of the world's poorest nations, which is also reflected in its relative lack of cardiac facilities, particularly those catering to young children and adults. The authors discuss current efforts to build “The Burundi Heart Centre” to help address this challenge. In particular, they highlight how the project can act as a case study for a sustainable architecture that involves local people and uses locally available materials in a contemporary and innovative way.






Global health