An apartment building in an upscale neighborhood of Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique. Client Requirements The client wanted an alteration of an existing, overpriced, metallic structure hotel design to a concrete structure 27 apartment building. Design Solutions The spatial program was changed in order to accommodate a kitchenette and more storage space in each apartment. Two underground parking floors, a commercial ground floor and a terrace with a swimming pool/health center make this building one of the best living spaces in Maputo. With its larger axis in an east/west alignment, the building needed protection from the hot sunset. This resulted in the design of the first vertical garden in Mozambique. The draft design of the vertical garden was completed in-house; however, a South African landscape architect was hired to select the plants and provide other specific maintenance details.
Client Requirements The initial project goal was to repair and upgrade the existing infrastructure. The client later requested a expansion of the resort to include an additional 14 rooms. Design SolutionsOur proposal was to expand the resort to the south, along the water line facing the sunset. The new rooms were inspired by the existing accommodations, but with an increase in the size of the room and different finishes. Four new family-room accommodations were also designed and built. The main building was rebuilt from scratch with a new roof solution and new staff sleeping and dining facilities. Materials The main materials were kept the same from the existing buildings, including the traditional "mujaca" roof (coconut tree leaves) in a pine structure, gypsum ceilings and concrete floor steel floated to a smooth finish. A natural gas distribution system was installed to be used in the room geysers. The natural gas is supplied from main land.
Inhaca island is renowned for its diverse coral reefs and beaches and is accessible by a 45-minute boat ride from Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique.Client Requirements To address maintenance problems and improve the resort’s aesthetic appeal, creating an “island resort” feel. Design Conditions Existing buildings, built in the late 70’s, experienced many maintenance problems after upgrade works were completed in the early 90’s. Design Solutions In order to fix the maintenance problems, including roof leakage from the existing concrete and ceramic tile roofs, while also creating the desired aesthetic feel, all existing roofs were replaced with a eucalyptus pole thatch roof. In addition, all rooms were enlarged and new finishes were applied. A new venue space was built from scratch with the same materials. The swimming pool was rehabilitated and new public toilets were built to support it. Materials Thatch roofs, concrete floor steel floated to
a smooth finish, new color palette for buildings and landscape design.