Mixed Use Development, Nampula, Mozambique

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Context

The site is located within the Province of Nampula. Nampula City is the capital of Nampula province which is divided into 6 Municipal Administrative Posts with a popu-lation of over 600 000 people. More than half the population is considered as youthful and only 4% of the population is urbanized.

Nampula City is the business centre of northern Mozambique. Nampula is connected through transportation links by air to Kenya and South Africa and by means of train and busses to closer destinations.

The Nacala Corridor links Nampula to the port which has recently undergone infra-structural development due to government and international spending. This includes the upgrade to the Loagonha Road and the rehabilitation of the Nampula to Cuam-ga Road.

Geography of Nampula

The city lies in the centre of Nampula Province and is surrounded by plains and rocky granite outcrops.

The Site

The development site is 25Ha in extent and gains access from the main road that links Nampula and Nacala (EN8). It is situated between rocky outcrops.

Conceptual Urban Design

The Urban layout starts with the notion of a town center. The central high street will invite visitors and users into the core of the development. The hierarchy of streets re-duces in size and links less public uses creating a hierarchy of privacy and amenity. The southern portion of the site sits on the high ground affording a northern slope leading to the heart of the development.

The main entrance to the development is flanked with residential components. The student residence allows ease of access to the outlying educational institutions while the cluster homes are located on the high north facing slope of the site.

The entrance into the development via the main road intersects with the public open space creating an accessible park flanked by sporting and leisure activities as well as office and conference facilities.

The locality of the two hotels command the center of the site and set up a controlled open square that links with the shopping mall and the mosque. The shopping mall is formed of a tightly knit cluster of buildings creating opportunity for street like activities of small scale shopping and restaurants. The larger volumes allow for departmental stores and larger retailers.

The clinic is located on the outer edge with residential apartments and larger houses on the external edges. This offers residents the ability to walk into the central area for shopping and entertainment and retreat to a more quite private space on the sites extremities.

The development offers a range of residential accommodation from cluster homes, apartment living and upmarket villas.