Dyeji is an 8 storey, mixed=used building (housing and offices) with a staggered façade designed by Costa Lopes. The 12 000sqm building is part of the Bay of Luanda Parcel 3 development scheme located at the narrowest part of the Ilha do Cabo promontory in Angola. The scheme consists of a total of 57 plots with the Dyeji Building being one of the most central blocks, providing excellent views over the coastline.
From the architects:
The urban border of Luanda Bay has been continued to Cape Island, a remote region of the city and, for a long time, the local fishing community and a Luanda recreational point. The new landfills on the island’s inner front have given it a new urbanity, amongst the unobstructed views of the city centre.
The Dyeji Building is located in one of the most central blocks of Parcel 3 of the new embankments, between a set of 57 lots (from the Hotel Marinha to the Nautical Club), in a narrowing zone of the Island. Although conditioned by the respective plan, it responds to a housing program and some tertiary elements, enhancing the privileged visual exposure and, above all, seeking to help build the new front of the island.
The 8 floors of 28 apartments are built from the basement of the gallery, which is fluid over the surrounding area and which offers retails space and offices. The functional rationality of the apartments is complemented by vibrant bellowed fronts, which are informed by the overlapping of the floors and expressive capacity of the angled balances of the reinforced concrete structure. Thus, on each floor, an extended glass façade on the terraces with brises-soleil, ensures environmental and exterior meditation of living, and accentuates the building’s expression.
On the whole, there is a desire to have a strong urban presence on the new horizon of Cape Island and, above all, to build a city.
PROJECT: Dyeji Building
ARCHITECTS: Costa Lopes
LOCATION: Luanda, Angola
SIZE: 12 153sqm
PHOTOGRAPHS: Fabrice Fouillet