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Palma Residences

African Century Palma, Pemba 2014

Phase 1 – 1.195m2

Phase 2 – 3.182m2

Technical Team
Maria Menezes
Ana Castro, Joana Botas

Ended Construction
April 2016

The fast development that Palma village has suffered in recent times has created an urgent need for temporary and medium term housing.

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Palma Residences

African Century Palma, Pemba 2014

Phase 1 – 1.195m2

Phase 2 – 3.182m2

Technical Team
Maria Menezes
Ana Castro, Joana Botas

Ended Construction
April 2016

The fast development that Palma village has suffered in recent times has created an urgent need for temporary and medium term housing. In order to keep up with these ever-changing needs we created a condominium with several types of housing typologies. Within each house or building we also studied ways where a certain type of typology could eventually be subdivided if the need so arose, and so creating an adaptable and flexible design. The project was divided into two phases. In the first phase we designed 8 modules of single-storey houses with 2 rooms (T2) that could be converted to T0 + T1. This phase also included a restaurant and bar, swimming pool, reception, office, and service areas such as laundry, public toilets and generator house.

In a second phase we designed 5 modules of 2-storey buildings. Within the same lines as the first phase, where adaptability and flexibility was key and so the same building can change to cater for different types of typologies ranging from T2 to T0 units.

Great care was given to the exterior design and landscaping for it will be used extensively due to the local climate. We opted for the use of local materials such as wood, reed and lacalaca in order to reduce costs and create a unified and pleasant complex. In this second phase the entrance to the complex was also developed including administrative buildings, service buildings and a restaurant for hotel and external clients.

The difficulties of access and logistics in the region had a direct effect on the design.