Cover-page-001 Luanda, Angola (Coastal Territory)




Luanda is the capital city of Angola, with a population of 2.107.648 according to the 2014 census. Cabo peninsula’s population is of 20.075 inhabitants, which is the area considered for the research project.

Water front project in Luanda owned by Baia de Luanda SA (Sonangol and Isabel dos Santos) was estimated at an investment amount of 7 billion USD. It is a major project for the country, according to Germany Trade and Invest.

The research restructures the fundamental assumptions of the way people live and the environments that are necessary to support that life. It addresses urban development imbalances, such as access to basic service, safe and healthy life, represented by slum dweller’s living.


Slum Aesthetic


Location of Some Slums in the City

The challenge of the research was to maintain the full functioning of the ambitious project of the $7 billion USD waterfront investment, located on Luanda’s bay. Thus the foundation for the research was acknowledging the extent that informal settlements had been addressed in the previously mentioned luxurious waterfront project.



Acceptance (Luxurious glamour V. Informal Settlements ‘Slums’)


Future Scenario


Method Approach (i.e. water supply provision)


Site Specific Analysis (i.e. fog harvesting)


The project proposes a way to supply water in Luanda, as a decentralized off grid system, by adding ‘different’ details to the skyline, and or city fabric. The proposal is to literally situate the informal slums onto the local stage, so that the under privileged people (i.e. the poor) can share the wealth and opportunities risen from this glamorous city. The idea is that cities are at the very core a medley, or mixture of different social classes.



Technical Drawing (i.e. multiple views)


Perspective (i.e. water infrastructure on an ‘urban’ farm)





Hydra-Kianda is a project of IaaC, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia developed at Master in Advanced Architecture in 2016 by:

Students: Rossana Graça

Faculty: Vicente Guallart, Ruxandra Iancu Bratosin