Sports Centre in the Marginal, Maputo

 Semester BArch5, UCT, 2005 –  The brief called for a sports centre in the developing world, which would be low maintenance and make sense for the local environmental and social conditions of the place. This was an international competition, which was run as a design studio for the BArch students. I chose as site a portion of the Marginal (beachfront) in Maputo, Mozambique, where beach volleyball is played during weekends, and often holds tournaments for this same sport. Given Maputo’s subtropical climate and its coastal location, what better and healthier than to practice sport out in the open? For this reason, I proposed not a sports centre, but rather a supporting pavilion which would hold changing rooms, public toilets,storage for sport equipment, a tuck-shop and a small office for the caretaker. The project also considered the introduction of iconic street lighting posts (concrete prisms) which would indicate its presence at an urban level, and are integrated with a floating concrete seat, which extends the already existing one along the Marginal (currently deteriorating due to weathering).

About Maria GC Aragão

Architect, part-time lecturer, external examiner. I am interested in spaces of collective memory, the visual arts and architecture’s potential to enable change. I practice at the intersection between meaning, aesthetics and commerce. As an external examiner I look to architecture as an act of translation

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