Good bones: Maputo façades

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, 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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