From the simple gesture of picking up objects along the way and gathering them in a small pile, the human desire to continue to exist manifests itself. In an almost naive game, the stone from the volcanic islands of Cape Verde, becomes a heap, transforms in a wall - line capable of articulating movement - and then multiplies side by side, conforming a space that is at the same time shelter and path and which, in its own repetition, fuses the perception of what is inside and what is outside.
The perpendicular condition of this configuration uncovers the visuals between the central void of the lot, the main street passing on the side and the stream opposite to it. This continuum is interrupted only by modular screen window frames, utilied for the purpose of access control, but that can open when there is the opportunity for contiguous use of the spaces.
A light metallic roof floats over the stone walls to create the shade, essential for the teaching and leisure functions of the Nos Kaza1 project. It is then up the vegetation, composed of local species, to retake over time the large and small voids of the lot, providing a mild microclimate protected from the strong sub-Saharan sun.
Finally, it is hoped that a simple strategy of exploiting the abundant rocky material of the region may enable alternatives to the deep dependence of imported goods, characteristic of Cape Verde’s comtemporary territory occupation.
1. The Nos Kaza program held by the Cape Verdean Institute for Children and Adolescents has as its premise the attempt to reintegrate homeless children into their families and school through pedagogical help and complementary activities that seek to restore the youths’ selftrust. Today, the project receives approximately 50 children in two shifts and seeks to expand its activity into a new location.
The possibility of a new Nos Kaza headquarters in the municipality of Praia, on a lot provided by the local government, came from an effort made in collaboration with the students of Unipiaget, at the invitation of the Brazilian Embassy in Cape Verde and goes to consolidate, together with the nearby edifices (home for the elderly and elementary school), a public services block for the local population.
Status: On going
Authors: Gustavo Utrabo, Pedro Duschenes
Team: Beatriz Rocha
Cape Verde Team:
Arch. Teacher. Jõao Pedro Martins
Local coordination: Beker Aldino Santos Fortes de Sousa
Adilson Cabral Lopes
Anícia Alice Pereira de Melo
Aníria Furtado Pereira Tavares
António Carlos Teixeira Furtado
António da Silva Tavares
Beker Aldino Santos Fortes de Sousa
Chris Emanuel Alfama de Borja
Cleide Brysa Gomes Correia
Constantino Júnior Delgado Semedo
Edmilson Rodrigues Tavares
Eudes Platão da Lima Silveira
Gaudino José Tavares Cardoso Junior
Isaac Evair Tavares Semedo
Isaias Martins Tavares
Janete Samira Santos Tavares Gonçalves
Janice Helena de Jesus Pereira Monteiro
Júlio Daniel Cacoba António
Katia Cristina Neves Évora de Pina
Kévin Stiffen da Luz dos Santos
Lenise Alves Tavares
Nivaldo Miguel Cardoso Semedo
Odair Augusto Almeida Brito
Ricardo Jorge Rocha da Cruz
Walter Soares da Silva Gonçalves
Walter Varela Correia
Valdir Jorge Rodrigues Salomão
Marvin Lopes Ramos
Aldair Alves Fernandes Delgado
Location: Praia – Cape Verde