Lycée Français in Luanda

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Location : Luanda, Angola
Dates : 2013 - construction currently underway
Client : Association de l’Ecole Française de Luanda
Design team : MATAG Arquitectos e Associados, Martin Duplantier Architectes
Mission : Design Conception
Built area : 3 041 m²
Cost : 5 M€

Luanda, precisely in the tropics

Local materials, local businesses, local know-how

The extension project for the Lycée Français (French High School) is the opportunity to test local building norms by integrating a contextual design with abundant solar protection, natural ventilation and plant palettes.  In doing so, the school takes on a new dimension on the Plateau of Luanda.  The building footprint is minimized and therefore allows all four facades of the three structures to be sufficiently ventilated with a continuous flux of circulating air.

The façade, sheathed in wood from local sources, protects against the sun.

The volume, perched atop sculpted stilts, houses classrooms, administrative offices, a cafeteria and a gymnasium.