Luanda University Hospital, around 20 km south of the Angolan capital, is part of the Plan for the Residential District of Camama (1200 ha), designed in response to population growth of Luanda.
The future hospital, intended to serve 100,000 people, is based on 8 hectares of the urban unit of Vila Rubra (150 ha), ensuring it a centrality, and includes a hotel tower that anchors and territoralizes the entire complex. Beyond its strict purpose, we regard it as an urban square with a strong public dimension, intended to humanize the hospital space.
The programmatic complexity is equated in a series of inhabited infrastructured beams, overlapping each other and in contrapposto, creating permanent public or semi-public areas in the forested interstices. The facades are regarded as tropicalized mediators between the private and non-private, whose surfaces mitigate the climate and compositional rigour, generating different expressions of shadows and uses throughout the day and night.
In light of the partnership with Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura, a central reference in contemporary architecture, and Spanish architect Albert de Pineda, a renowned specialist in the field of hospitals, the final result will be no surprise, including the firm desire to urban space sharing even with the natural constraints of a micro-hospital town.
Competition - 1st Prize
Eduardo Souto de Moura
Albert de Pineda Alvarez
GROSS FLOOR AREA
73 170 sq.m