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Contemporary Angola: Technology and Identity in 4 Projects

Angola, like many African countries, is experiencing a process of rapid urbanization. For the most part, these changes are happening under little to no regulation, filling cities with spaces that lack the infrastructure to provide a basic quality of life for residents. However, in spite of this unregulated development, it's worth noting the quality of contemporary architecture being produced in the second-largest Portuguese-speaking country, where projects draw inspiration from the strong local identity and blend with modern materials and technology.

In this article, we highlight 4 current projects in Angola. While it is a small sample, not only from the capital city of Luanda, but from smaller cities as well, it showcases the richness of Angola's local architecture--an art form that deserves worldwide recognition.

DYEJI / Costa Lopes

© Fabrice Fouillet © Fabrice Fouillet © Fabrice Fouillet © Fabrice Fouillet + 22

Luanda, Angola
  • Architects: Costa Lopes
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 12153.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2015

Sapiens / Costa Lopes

© Fabrice Fouillet © Fabrice Fouillet © Fabrice Fouillet © Fabrice Fouillet + 23

Luanda, Angola
  • Architects: Costa Lopes
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 10758.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2015

KN10 / Costa Lopes

© Manuel Correia © Manuel Correia © Manuel Correia © João Freire + 19

Luanda, Angola
  • Architects: Costa Lopes
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 4221.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2009

1st Congress Tower / Costa Lopes

© Manuel Correia © Fabrice Fouillet © Manuel Correia © Fabrice Fouillet + 34

  • Architects: Costa Lopes
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 41623.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2013

Currency Museum / Costa Lopes

© Fabrice Fouillet © Fabrice Fouillet © Fabrice Fouillet © Fabrice Fouillet + 20

Luanda, Angola
  • Architects: Costa Lopes
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 4794.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2015

Luanda Multisports Pavilion / Berger Arquitectos

© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG + 52

Luanda, Angola

A House in Luanda Competition Winner / Pedro Sousa + Tiago Ferreira + Tiago Coelho + Bárbara Silva + Madalena Madureira

Courtesy of Pedro Sousa + Tiago Ferreira + Tiago Coelho + Bárbara Silva + Madalena Madureira
Courtesy of Pedro Sousa + Tiago Ferreira + Tiago Coelho + Bárbara Silva + Madalena Madureira

A couple of weeks ago, we featured the winners of the House in Luanda: Patio and Pavilion Competition promoted by the Lisbon Architecture Triennale together with Luanda Triennale. Now, we can have a better look at the winning proposal, designed by the team of Pedro Sousa, Tiago Ferreira, Tiago Coelho, Bárbara Silva, and Madalena Madureira.

More images and architect’s description after the break.

Sky Residence II + Sky Business towers / Risco Architects

One of the most ambitious projects of Risco architects is the concept design for the new towers – Sky Residence II + Sky Businees – located in Luana Sky Center. Two towers with great programmatic diversity, aiming for high urban density and encouragemente of further developments around this so-called Sky Center, the future new town.

More images and architect’s description after the break.