Masterplan for Urban Growth in Africa

OOIIO proposes for this place an urban strategy based on the efficiency of resources invested and in guaranteeing maximum profitability for the developer / builder.
For this, the main idea is to organize all the development around a large axis, a boulevard that will be the new backbone of the whole new neighborhood.
In the surroundings there is practically nothing attractive enough to make people move to this place, that is why we decided to create that focus of attraction as a great avenue that spreads the entire urbanization, at the same time which concentrates the services, facilitates the circulation and reduces the necessary service networks for the new city, saving on execution costs.
Building in a place where there is nothing interesting prior able to increase the value of new homes and be able to achieve greater return on initial investment forces us to create a large urban space that attracts attention and can easily develop by phases, with the advantage that each phase can be autonomous and valuable in itself. A large street capable of attracting not only new residents, but also shops, offices, hotels, …
We have created “Zango Boulevard”!

A Masterplan of these dimensions in addition to many homes brings together many services such as schools and medical centers, public spaces, shops, should even include offices and workplaces. How to organize all this efficiently and profitably allowing a simple organization in construction phases? By creating a large boulevard that will be an important urban space that will attract all development towards it. Secondary streets and garden areas will grow from this boulevard that will order access to the different buildings.

We intend with this simple and economic strategy to favor natural growth and easy to execute through phases.
Each of the execution phases can be autonomous in itself and meets all the premises indicated by you in terms of percentages of buildings of class A, B or C, always seeking maximum buildability thus ensuring the highest profitability, green areas and spaces sufficient public that will revalue the buildings built next to them, parking complying with regulations (always on the surface, no underground parking that would increase building costs) and community services in their adequate percentage to create a city, a place where it is pleasant to live and That is capable of generating demand thanks to the good reputation that would immediately achieve such an urbanization.


The buildings designed for this project have central courtyards that will always make life in them much more enjoyable, thus always favoring cross-ventilation of homes, ideal for living in tropical climates such as this, saving energy and thus facilitating the possibility that The construction company is shown in the market as a company concerned with the environment, sustainability and energy savings of its buildings, being in the long run cheaper also for end users. No doubt a touch of distinction very attractive and demanded today in most of the world.

These courtyards generated within the buildings complement the outdoor gardens. The upper and middle class housing blocks will get their status thanks to better finishes and to be located near gardens. Class C buildings will nevertheless have more open and large central courtyards to counteract the fact of not having so many gardens nearby, which will favor community life and social relations.


We propose some attractive buildings, easy and cheap to build, and repetitive, so that by simply adding some slight modifications of the facade and qualities, we can have the feeling that we are facing completely different buildings and there is no feeling that the whole promotion is a “ cut and paste ”boring and monotonous.

With the combination of 7 different types of building we get a richness and a very interesting variety, scrupulously in turn scrupulously to the percentages that were requested as a premise.
There will be two building typologies for class A, three for class B and two for class C. All of them with well-resolved apartments, functional and with just square meters, so as not to overbuild and adjust investment costs well.
Each and every one of the apartments, whatever the class, may enjoy cross ventilation, and plenty of natural light, so that we guarantee energy efficiency, the best sales and economy of use.
The entire Masterplan has been designed so that all buildings will have the best possible orientation, that is, the one that guarantees the greatest amount of sun rays entering through the windows of our blocks, something that is always a value highly appreciated by customers When buying an apartment, any sales team would value this very positively.
The finishing materials we want to be simple and easy to find in the local market.

Public spaces:

We have not wanted to ignore the possibility of showing the great design opportunities offered by the public spaces of the Masterplan.
With a very moderate investment we can achieve a wide variety of public space situations. It is something we already have experience in other large-scale projects that we have worked on in the past. We get that the squares, gardens, parks, streets and even parking lots of our project have a very contemporary look including small objects and landscaping projects in them, investing very little money in it.
This is something that serves to increase the added value and reputation of the entire promotion, and that is not widely seen in some countries, since the construction companies of the competition have never taken it into account.
We can also reduce the negative impact that large parking bags could have to be put by regulations and that we refuse to bury to save investment costs, playing to draw for example sports courts on the ground or make small neighborhood pavilions, which are used in those hours of the day when cars are not there because the owners go to work.

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  • Awards and Honours: 1st Prize International Competition.
  • Status: Competition.
  • Project Year: 2015.
  • Location: Zango, Angola.
  • Design: OOIIO Architecture.
  • Team: Joaquín Millán Villamuelas, Elia Cuadrado Torrico, Paula Cánovas Ortiz, Denitsa Dimitrieva, Kraujutyte Route.
  • Client: Private Construction Company.