Category Archives: Thinking out loud

Mrashmallows in the sky

The façade treatment of this building stands out as being less common in Maputo, for an apartment bock. The balconies project outward, instead of the more common recessing or “voiding”  (as in the building on right side). They are also

Mrashmallows in the sky

The façade treatment of this building stands out as being less common in Maputo, for an apartment bock. The balconies project outward, instead of the more common recessing or “voiding”  (as in the building on right side). They are also

Tropical take on Memphis

Memphis goes tropical? Interesting to note a similar pastels colour scheme on the stairwell of this building, at the heart of what is increasingly becoming Maputo’s “golden mile”- Av. Julius Nyerere. The building is residential and called Rosas de Moçambique.

Tropical take on Memphis

Memphis goes tropical? Interesting to note a similar pastels colour scheme on the stairwell of this building, at the heart of what is increasingly becoming Maputo’s “golden mile”- Av. Julius Nyerere. The building is residential and called Rosas de Moçambique.

Good bones: Maputo façades

Relevant ugliness.
Small apartment block, possibly from late 1960’s.
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

Good bones: Maputo façades

Relevant ugliness.
Small apartment block, possibly from late 1960’s.
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

Good bones: Maputo apartments

  Maputo has many of these small apartments blocks, mostly built in the ’60’s and ’70’s. The typology is representative of a very specific way of thinking about urban living, where medium density is encouraged in buildings of 3-4 storeys in height, with

Good bones: Maputo apartments

  Maputo has many of these small apartments blocks, mostly built in the ’60’s and ’70’s. The typology is representative of a very specific way of thinking about urban living, where medium density is encouraged in buildings of 3-4 storeys in height, with

Finishes palettes: Common ground

  Selecting material finishes for buildings, and presenting them to Clients, is not always easy. A frequent complaint from Clients is that they can’t see the full picture, or how everything comes together. In preparation for the actual product samples presentation, I find

Finishes palettes: Common ground

  Selecting material finishes for buildings, and presenting them to Clients, is not always easy. A frequent complaint from Clients is that they can’t see the full picture, or how everything comes together. In preparation for the actual product samples presentation, I find