TAMassociati’s professional practice could be seen as the run-of-mill product of the aid that comes from the well-intentioned developed world that wants to provide technical assistance to developing countries through programs such as healthcare structures, cultural buildings, and public spaces.
But TAMassociati have gone beyond mere good intentions and provided an architecture that integrates spatial quality, local workforce, and successful traditional typologies. Their technical healthcare architecture has mainly been realized in hot countries, and they have consequently managed to develop an architecture that combines thermal mass and lots of intermediate spaces.
In the specific case of healthcare centers, these have tended to become places where people come and get sick rather than places people come to get better. TAMassociati have anchored their architecture in common sense and pertinent typologies where traditional cross-ventilation and shading devices not only allow for efficient, economical environmental performance, but also allow for a natural air renovation, which is crucial for hospitals to effectively do what they are expected to do—that is, take care of the sick and heal them.