Casa d'Poço, Cabo Verde

Casa d'Poço, Cabo Verde

Architect
Heim Balp Architekten
Location
Berlin, Germany | View Map
Project Year
2021
Category
Exhibition Centres

Apartments

Private Houses
Michael Heim

Casa d'Poço, Cabo Verde

Heim Balp Architekten as Architects

This town house is located in the historic centre of Mindelo on the island of Sao Vicente. The design considered local manufacturing conditions as well as cultural and geographical contexts and the demands of the local climate.

photo_credit Michael Heim
Michael Heim
photo_credit Michael Heim
Michael Heim

The complex consists of a stepped building, a tower that connects each level and serves as a space for additional functions, a well and a communal kitchen in the courtyard. The main building houses an exhibition space, along with apartments and guest rooms.

photo_credit Michael Heim
Michael Heim
photo_credit Michael Heim
Michael Heim

The tower’s open vertical wooden slats provide ventilation in Cape Verde’s continuously warm climate. The front facade is clad with a wooden screen to offer shade and was inspired by Josef Albers’ lithograph print ‘To Monte Alban’.

photo_credit Michael Heim
Michael Heim
photo_credit Michael Heim
Michael Heim

The rear facade features cascading green terraces reminiscent of the agricultural fields of the nearby island of Santo Antao. When a rare spell of rain hits, the water is channelled like a cascade into the garden, where it is stored in a cistern to water plants. The building’s well and solar panels allow it to be largely self-sufficient.

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