Alfredo Matos Building (present day Ministry of Urbanism and Public Works)
Luanda [São Paulo de Luanda], Luanda, Angola
Equipment and Infrastructures
Located in downtown Luanda, this is a work by Vasco Vieira da Costa (1911-1982), designed in 1968 and concluded in the early 1970s. Generally following the plan by Simões de Carvalho for the renovation of the urban centre, it is a building composed of a base for trade and services, on which rests a volume of offices consisting of two laminated prisms separated by a longitudinal distributive passageway. Whereas the open grammar of the lower floors is linked to the scale and experience of the surrounding urban background, the cladding of the southern and northern elevations of the upper volume, a thick autonomous fabric of horizontal and vertical elements in concrete, occasionally interrupted by projecting volumes, shows the influence of Le Corbusier’s work. At present it is the seat of the Ministry of Urbanism and Public Works of Angola.