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The Chiveve River Park is situated in the city of Beira in Mozambique.

The engineering firm CES are the main consultants on the project, to whom we were appointed as sub-consultants to provide architectural services for the Restaurant & Events Building, as well as the Botanical Gardens Buildings, with the park.The masterplan for the park layout was developed by Earthworks Landscape Architects.

The house is situated in the Machangulo Private Nature Reserve, on pristine Machangulo peninsula in Southern Mozambique. The main unit is tucked into the contours of the site looking out over the bay to the north, with a separate bedroom unit lower down the slope nestled in tightly amongst the natural vegetation.

The design concept was to have the buildings rooted in the context of the site, and so doing allow them to visually express their response to the context and climatic conditions. At the main unit a solid spine wall anchors the building, visually and structurally, to the site – and protects the open living areas from the cold southern wind and rain. In an climate that predominantly doesn’t require enclosure, the main living area remains open to the views to the north and east, with roll down awnings for the north sea breeze when required. A thorough visual impact study was undertaken with 3d modelling during the design process, to ensure that the units were to remain visually well tucked in amongst the vegetation and that the roof of the main unit would not disturb the skyline. Instead the intention was that the roof be level with, and seen as an extension of the canopy of trees to the south and west of the house.

In both units, the doors slide into cavity walls, so that with no glass visible the interior is seamlessly integrated with the exterior. Sliding louvred shutters will provide the option of providing enclosure with ventilation, and allow  the owners to completely close off the units when away.

Vista Abril offers a very private and exclusive holiday getaway for couples, groups of friends or adventurous families.

Vista Abril      www.vistaabril.com

Machangulo  www.machangulo.com


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Inhabitat.com, one of the worlds most foremost websites for sustainable design innovation, eco architecture and green building, has featured our project, House Wessels. This is thanks to the innovative integration of the solar panels into the traditional thatch roof. The house, situated near Tofo in Mozambique, is entirely off-grid, reliant on solar power for for electricity and water heating, and a borehole for water.