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Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Designs Low-Income Housing Prototypes in Mozambique

The Department of Human Settlements at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts' School of Architecture, Design, and Conservation has developed a new low-income housing prototype for Maputo, Mozambique in southeast Africa as part of the Casas Melhoradas research project. The prototype reinterprets the area’s traditional “Casa de Madeira e Zinco,” which is made of wood and corrugated iron sheets, and the "Casa de Blocos," which is composed of concrete blocks.  

Netherlands Embassy / KAAN Architecten

  • Architects: KAAN Architecten
  • Location: Maputo, Mozambique
  • Project Team: Kees Kaan, Vincent Panhuysen, Dikkie Scipio, Valery Didelon, Sara Martin Camara, Patricia Medina Prieto, Hannes Ochmann, Kim Sneyders, Sibil Strauli, Pasquale Talerico
  • Client: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Housing Service Abroad, The Hague
  • Area: 2573.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2004
  • Photographs: Christian Richters

© Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters

International Airport of Nacala / Fernandes Arquitetos

Courtesy of Fernandes Arquitetos
Courtesy of Fernandes Arquitetos

Designed by Fernandes Arquitetos, the Nacala airport aims at better utilization of natural lighting and ventilation, reducing consumption of power associated with the use of artificial lighting and mechanical ventilation systems. It will have water intakes and sewage treatment for irrigation of green areas. The building proposed is basically on the ground floor, where the functional program that meets the operation and passengers is developed, like the check-in area and boarding and arrival rooms, which are located in the north and south wings. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Villa Suluwilo / COA

  • Architects: COA
  • Location: Ilha Vamizi, Mozambique
  • Architects: COA
  • Area: 550.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Chris Coldicott

© Chris Coldicott © Chris Coldicott © Chris Coldicott © Chris Coldicott

Educational Building In Mozambique / Masterstudents of Bergen School of Architecture

  • Architects: Masterstudents of Bergen School of Architecture
  • Location: Brejo Chimundo, Mozambique
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Tord Knapstad, Sixten Rahlff, Stine Bjar, Ina Bakka Sem-Olsen, Bror Hansen, Olafia Zoëga

© Sixten Rahlff © Stine Bjar © Sixten Rahlff © Stine Bjar

  • Project Team Professors: Andrè Fontes, Sixten Rahlff & Bror R. Hansen
  • Project team organizer: Bror Hansen
  • Project team students: Gøran Johansen, Stine Bjar, Silje Klepsvik, Larisa Sarajlija , Olafia Zoëga, Birgitte Haug, Tord Knapstad, Kristian Endresen, Anette M. Basso, Mathias Wijnen, Dan Paul Stavaru, Naeem Searle, Siri Nicholaisen, Maria Flores Adamsen, Monica Xiao, Irmelin Rose Fisch Wågen, Tale Marie Haaheim, Ina Bakka Sem-Olsen, Eirik Solheim Aakhus
  • Client: Sister Catarina
  • Budget: 45000 NOK (8500 $)
  • Sponsors: Bergen School of Architecture, Norway