Good bones: Maputo façades

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Relevant ugliness.
Small apartment block, possibly from late 1960’s, located on Av. 24 de Julho.
This is a modest facade (made ugly by time and lack of maintenance), yet not naked: balconies and recesses are indispensable in this city. It’s about enjoying the good weather – a way of life.
And importantly, protecting openings from rain during the wet summer season, whilst catching breezes and cooling rooms beyond.
Simple gestures, not always seen on new builds around town.

About Maria GC Aragão

Architect, Quality Systems Controller. Founder and Principal of A OFICINA - Design e Arquitetura, E.I., a micro design and architecture studio based in Maputo that executes projects and idea-things. I practice at the intersection between meaning, aesthetics and commerce. As an external examiner of university student work, I look to architecture as an act of translation. I am currently furthering my knowledge in M&E and Quality Management in order to integrate multidisciplinary teams and benefit others through transfer of skills learnt in the building industry.

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