World heritage cities: Island of Mozambique
: hotel expansion in existing typology

  • S.G. Damen

Student thesis: Master


The Island of Mozambique is a small island of the east coast of Africa. It contains many Portuguese colonial buildings and is since 1991 inscribed on the UNESCO world heritage list. Research on the island concluded that buildings in the stone town area of the island are deteriorating fast.As design project a hotel is chosen, which is going to expand into the neighboring building. This building is largely in ruins at the moment. In order to preserve the authenticity of the buildings thetypology is put central in the design. Two typologies were analyzed: the stone town typology and the noble house typology.After analysis of the project site three buildings with different typologies were distinguished. Instead of merging these three building into one new hotel, the three buildings stay separate entities and get different functions. This way their typologies and routings can stay intact.The first building is the present hotel and keeps that function. Bathrooms are added to the hotel rooms which do not have them yet. Also the so called 'two grid room' of the noble house typologyis reinstated.The second building gets the function of a guesthouse, because of the small rooms. The building is in bad condition, but the structure is intact and therefore will be renovated into original state. A few modifications are added, such as a roof terrace.The third building is almost completely in ruins. This will become the restaurant. The outer walls and roof will be renovated in original state, but the inner walls and the first floor will only partly be rebuilt. This way dark and bad ventilated spaces will be avoided. A spacious restaurant is created where old structure and new elements complement each other.The result is a hotel complex, existing out of three entities and three different typologies.
Date of Award31 Oct 2012
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorBernard J.F. Colenbrander (Supervisor 1), A.R. Roders (Supervisor 2) & L. Veldpaus (Supervisor 2)

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