A House in Luanda International Competition

This design competition is an initiative of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale in partnership with the Luanda Triennale, and it seeks the best proposal for the design of a prototype of a single-family dwelling (including patio) with a low construction cost. The housing is aimed at severely deprived families, typically consisting of 7-9 people (2 parents, 3 children and 2 grandparents; or 2 parents, 5 children, 2 grandparents), in an area of flat topography located within the city limits of Luanda, the capital city in the African country of Angola. Luanda is a city under extreme demographic pressure that is undergoing an intense process of transformation.


The aim is to create a replicable model that reflects the social, economic and cultural specificity of Luanda, with the idea that this model should weave the urban fabric of the city, using systems, practices and materials which are commonly found in local architecture. The construction method should favour sustainability, with the possibility of a phased construction or even recourse to self-construction by the future residents, in the hope of a prospective attitude linked to an evolutionary component of the model.


As no contract has yet been awarded, the objective of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale is to set into motion the necessary efforts in order to promote the construction of this family unit. In order to achieve this, the selected projects will be disclosed to the governmental and local Angolan authorities, as well as private developers who have the availability and a suitable profile to be involved in this project.


The competition is open to Portuguese and foreign architects, who must hold membership in their respective professional associations. Individuals and teams are accepted.


The deadline for receipt of the project at the Fundação EDP is 5:00pm on May 3, 2010. Submissions should be sent by registered post to:


Fundação EDP

Av. de Brasília, Central Tejo

1300-598 Lisboa



From among the projects, a shortlist of 30 finalists will be chosen. The authors of the 30 finalist projects will be contacted by the Triennale to develop a presentation model of their proposal, which will appear in an exhibition held at the Museum of Electricity in Lisbon from October 28, 2010 to January 16, 2011.


For more information and to download the regulations and registration form, please visit www.trienaldelisboa.com.