Submission for the Lisbon Architecture Triennale International Design Competition "A House for Luanda: Patio & Pavillion"

The competition was an opportunity to explore domestic architecture in a new and unfamiliar setting. The brief presented us with a completely new set of physical and social constraints. We found ourselves returning to the familiar concerns of durability, economy, climate, flexibility, the public-private interface and the anatomy of the home.

Competition Brief:

"The aim of this architecture competition is to design a single family dwelling that is radically cheap to build for Luanda, a city which is under extreme demographic pressure and is undergoing an intense process of transformation, and that is suited to the cultural, economic and social circumstances of the area."

"This project, promoted in collaboration with the Luanda Triennale, should include the possibility of dwellings that allow for evolutionary solutions, and possibly self-construction, which are therefore adapted to the speed of transformation of the social fabric of Angolaand Luanda, being the large African metropolis that it progressively will become."

"The objective is to select the best proposal for the design of a prototype of a family unit which leads to a patio, with a low construction cost, aimed at severely deprived families, typically consisting of 7-9 people (Parents, 3 children and 2 grandparents or Parents, 5 children, 2 grandparents), in an area of flat topography, located within the city limits of Luanda."

Jury: Álvaro Siza Vieira, João Luís Carrilho da Graça, Fernando Mello Franco, Barry Bergdoll & Ângela Mingas

Merrett Houmøller Architects -
Merrett Houmøller Architects -
Merrett Houmøller Architects -
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