A House in Luanda: Patio and Pavilion


599 proposals from 44 countries.

Coordinator Pedro Sousa + Tiago Ferreira + Tiago Coelho + Bárbara Silva + Madalena Madureira (PORTUGAL)

Coordinator Cristina Peres + Diogo Aguiar + Teresa Otto + Tiago Rebelo de Andrade (PORTUGAL)

Coordinator Pablo Allen Vizán (SPAIN)

Coordinator João Navas + Fernando Reis Martins + Filipe Zumáran + João Ribeiro da Fonseca + Eduardo Viana + Luís Leocádio (PORTUGAL)

Coordinators Julian Restrepo & Pablo Forero + Maria Buenahora + Manuela Mosquera + Carlos Lince (COLOMBIA)


The aim of this architecture competition is to design a single family dwelling that is radically cheap to build for Luanda, a city which is under extreme demographic pressure and is undergoing an intense process of transformation, and that is suited to the cultural, economic and social circumstances of the area.

Category Project Competition / Idea Competition / Competition Result
Type International, Idea/Project, Open, Two-Stage
Genre Housing
Country Luanda/Portugal
RegDeadline 3 May 2010 GoogleCal iCal
3 May 2010 (Must be Received)
Eligibility Portuguese and foreign architects, who must hold membership of their respective Professional Association

A HOUSE IN LUANDA: PATIO AND PAVILION is a Design Competition, an initiative of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale in partnership with the Luanda Triennale, and its aim is to select the best proposal for the design of a prototype of a family unit which leads to a patio, with a low construction cost, aimed at severely deprived families, typically consisting of 7-9 people (Parents, 3 children and 2 grandparents or Parents, 5 children, 2 grandparents), in an area of flat topography, located within the city limits of Luanda.

The aim is to create a replicable model that reflects the social, economic and cultural specificity of Luanda, with the idea that this model should weave the urban fabric of the city, using systems, practices and materials which are commonly found in local architecture. The construction method should favour sustainability, with the possibility of a phased construction or even recourse to self-construction by the future residents, in the hope of a prospective attitude linked to an evolutionary component of the model.

Although there are no volumetric limits to the housing proposals to be submitted, they must, however, take into consideration the following parameters for their development, during the Preliminary Study:

1 – Total Area of the Lot
-> 250 m2 ( front of the lot: 10m | depth of the lot: 25m )
2 – Gross Building Area
-> 100 m2 ( maximum distribution on two floors )
3 – Total Cost of the Build
-> € 25,000.00 ( twenty five thousand Euros )

As no contract has yet been awarded, the objective of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale is to set into motion the necessary efforts in order to promote the construction of this family unit. In order to achieve this, the selected projects will be disclosed to the governmental and local Angolan authorities, as well as private developers who have the availability and a suitable profile to be involved in this project.

Architect Álvaro Siza (President, appointed by the Fundação EDP)
Architect João Luís Carrilho da Graça (Commissioner of the Competition/Exhibition)
Architect Fernando Mello Franco (Appointed by the Sponsors of the Triennale for the Exhibition)
Architect Barry Bergdoll (Appointed by the Sponsors of the Triennale for the Exhibition)
Architect Ângela Mingas (Appointed by the Luanda Triennale)

1st Prize: 10,000.00€
2nd Prize: 7,500.00€
3rd Prize: 5,000.00€
4th Prize: 2,500.00€

Entry Fee

2 vertical DIN A1 format panels, etc.

Submission Address
Fundação EDP
Av. de Brasília, Central Tejo
1300-598 Lisboa

Publication of the shortlist (30 finalists): until 14.MAY.2010
Deadline for submission of the Scale Model: until 30.SEP.2010

Lisbon Architecture Triennale in partnership with the Luanda Triennale

Official Website