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Dstv Building
Maputo, Mozambique

GAVIN SMITSDORP ARCHITECT: Architect

Date:2013
Type:Offices
Status:Extant

This project together with the Park Oasis is located at the Northern end of Avenue Vladimir Lenin, a conflictual zone where aging residential blocks of about 5 stories, renewal and informal converge. References for the new-buildings were drawn from the dilapidated existing architectural examples that are located in this avenue, characterised by a minimalist styling and an absence of ornamentation.

Maputo's lack of planning legislation allowed the client to sell the first residential block for commercial use. A new structural grid for open plan offices, orientation and external skin was altered accordingly.

All truncated references not fully cited below are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.