Collective Dwelling Block (Public servants building)
Luanda [São Paulo de Luanda], Luanda, Angola
The Collective Dwelling Block located on Avenue Revolução de Outubro was designed in 1965 by the architect Vasco Vieira da Costa. It embodies the theoretical tenets of the Modern Movement, adopting the concepts of minimalist housing, urbanity of the building, harmony and proportionality between the various elements. The architectural design contrasts with the context of the time and directly challenges the traditional architecture of the Estado Novo, mainly in its monumentality and connection of spaces. The façade also shows the module as a determining factor of the composition, in an alternation of projecting modules with grilles that are repeated six times (which simultaneously defines horizontal and vertical shapes). The building rests on pilotis in a rectangular gallery plan on six floors and an accessible roof.