Sarmento Rodrigues Commercial and Industrial School
Huambo [Nova Lisboa], Huambo, Angola
Equipment and Infrastructures
From the 1950s, designed by the architect Manolo Poitier (b. 1922), the school was the largest building among a series of large-capacity schools aimed at higher education. Some were concluded after independence, and still today define the main academic area of the city. The building is a geometrical composition formed by several three-storey bodies for theoretical and practical classes, connected by an administrative area of two-storeys marked by the characteristic prismatic belfry tower. Workshops are housed in pavilions. The wide high windows conveyed an effect of vertical stripes which was lost in a recent renovation work but the building was not significantly altered and continues to be aimed at technical training.