lisbon architecture triennale: a house in luanda winning design
lisbon architecture triennale: a house in luanda   winning design lisbon architecture triennale: a house in luanda   winning design
nov 03, 2010
lisbon architecture triennale: a house in luanda winning design

‘urban patios’ by pedro sousa, tiago ferreira, tiago coelho, barbara silva and madalena madureira
first prize winning entry in ‘a house in luanda: patio and pavilion’ competition
all images courtesy lisbon architecture triennale

organized and promoted by the lisbon architecture triennale with luanda triennale,
a house in luanda: patio and pavilion‘ is an international competition for the best
design proposal of a single family unit house in the angolan capital. the brief
challenged participants to consider the demographic and economic climate of the city,
which is undergoing an intense process of transformation, and provide a design
that allowed for evolutionary solutions with low construction cost. the winning entry
by pedro sousa, tiago ferreira, tiago coelho, barbara silva and madalena madureira
from portugal largely utilizes rammed earth wall construction for the structure and
a collection of patios to connect the house together in a central exterior corridor.

defined by six patios, the house is separated into different functions: kitchen and
living room, bedrooms and restroom. the patios are linked together, acting as a
circulational spine to the house, ensuring that the interior has a permanent relation
with the exterior. to make the project affordable and self-constructive, the design uses
a rammed earth wall construction system. the local natural material is fire and sound proof,
and an excellent thermal mass for the climate. 

construction of the rammed earth wall

schematic diagram

3D model

floor plan

longitudinal section

cross section and materiality


rammed earth wall construction method

urban proposal schemes

proposal of main access for vehicles and pedestrians

urban patios

possible mass configuration

the international design competition was the most participated
competition of ideas ever to take place in portugal.
the jury consisted of alvaro siza vieira, joao luis carrilho da graca,
fernando mello franco, barry bergdoll and angela mingas.

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