The Currency Museum by Costa Lopes is located on the waterfront of Luanda, in the heart of the city downtown, close to the charismatic headquarters of the National Bank of Angola.
The pretext was for two major interventions. On one hand, it disposes the museum spaces below ground, becoming more reserved and quiet. On the other, its roof establishes a new urban square which both denotes the museum and enables the celebration of public space, in some way expanding the new public spaces of Luanda’s waterfront.
The museum, which is around 4800 sqm in size, reveals itself in the stereotomy generated by excavation, with its entry announced by the stair void and the metallic parasols which generate shadow and urban scale. It includes two exhibition areas (permanent and temporary), complemented by public areas and an auditorium to support learning activities.
On the surface, the stone paved urban square generates a subtle topography justified by the bay views and the nearby context, allowing rest spaces, pathways, diverse public facilities, redesigning its central ambition as a public space open to the city and the community life.
ARCHITECTS: Costa Lopes
LOCATION: Luanda, Angola
SIZE: 4794 sqm
PHOTOGRAPHS: Fabrice Fouillet