Our proposal for this house and patio prototype stems from the idea of creating architecture of relevance and locality. Our approach is simple, elegant and extremely feasible to build due to the use of local materials and affordable construction techniques:
The proposed roof design tackles two of the main challenges for all houses in sub-Saharan Africa: It naturally ventilates and cools all the internal spaces and also provides a lasting protection from the sun and rain. The walls, built from adobe mud bricks, act as an incredibly efficient insulator against solar radiation whilst also utilising a cheap and locally available material. The distribution and plan layout are efficient and utilise the site to its fullest potential, whilst also providing generous and pleasant spaces for a family to live in. We strongly believe this house prototype can become a housing model for the city of Luanda, which can become a catalyst for development and improvement to the families it intends to house.
Urban Plan Option A
This unit is generated by placing 5 houses in a row and then symmetrically repeating them vertically, which creates a square of 50 x 50 m. We kept the linear scheme with the access corridor on one side and the garden on the other.
Urban Plan Option B
This unit is generated by taking one house and then symmetrically repeating them horizontally, this creates a rectangle of 60 x 50 m. In this option the internal gardens are facing each other so the relation between neighbours will be easier and also leaving a free courtyard, this can then be used and communal space for everyone.