Category Archives: Architecture

29. Hotel Chuabo, Quelimane

After my epiphany in Beira, where I had to admit my love for 1960s architecture, I heard rumours that there was a hotel in Quelimane which had been perfectly preserved all the way through the civil war without being closed … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture | Tagged , , | 6 Comments

28. À propos the Grande Hotel, Beira

The world outside Mozambique may not be completely aware of the great architectural treasures from the 1960s in Beira, but one building is gaining increasing fame in architectural circles and ‘the development set’ alike, as a very special phenomena: The … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, History | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

27. CFM Beira

If you secretly harbour only a tiny miniscule fetishist of 1960s architecture, Mozambique will give it so much stimulus that it cannot resist any more and will have to come out of the closet sooner or later. In my case, … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture | Tagged , | 6 Comments

24. The Straw Hut Sculpture Park

The following was written almost a year ago in a peaceful park full of straw hut sculptures in Dar-es-Salaam. I was planning to pursue the sketchy observations with a more academic pursuit of how widespread the concept of straw hut … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, History | Tagged , , | 6 Comments

23. The Washing-Up Phantom, Bairro Litine

Behind the “The Mosque of the Comorians” in the middle of Litine, is a house which is striking in its elaborate window sills and facade design. It conveys the curious feeling you have to get used to in Ilha, of … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, History | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

22. The Dance Club, Bairro Areal

1. The Ruin One of the first houses you notice when you pass through the bairro of Areal in Ilha de Moçambique, whether you are walking by foot inside the bairro or driving on the street dividing Areal and Litine, … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, History | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

18. Participation – mapping urban heritage

During my stay in Ilha I am working with the Conservation Office improve heritage management in the 7 bairros making up the “macuti town”. There is currently quite a lot of confustion as to how to treat this part of … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, History, Monuments, Research, Tourism | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment