The KN10 Building – which houses the COSTA LOPES headquarters – is based, on the one hand, on its location on Kwame N’Krumah Street, opposite Moisés Cardoso Street, which continues the festum line of the so-called upper city (one of Luanda’s urban matrixes), amid expectations of generous views over Luanda.
On the other hand, in the generic office program, with no history, but which responded, at the time, to the lack of qualified tertiary spaces. On the other hand, there is uncertainty regarding the transformation of neighbouring lots.
From the horizontal portico, circumscribed in the lot and very fluid over the street, 10 functional modules are superimposed with open-space offices (one or two fractions with pantries) and served by a central core of vertical accesses (stairs and elevators, with sanitary facilities by level). There are also 3 underground floors for parking and technical areas.
The very sculptural bellows façades are the result of the overlapping and physicality of the exposed reinforced concrete. Each module is distinguished by the different angles of its distended tops, vitreous from side to side. They ensure some environmental mediation, become autonomous in the face of neighbouring transformation and maintain a strong urban presence.
The KN10 reveals itself from the inside out and vice-versa. It looks over the city, especially on its upper floors, from the island of Cape to the hinterland of the musseques. The city is allowed, flowing in it and revealing work environments from the public space.