Vamizi Island

Vamizi Island, Quirimbas Archipelago, Mozambique

Vamizi Island is a unique project based on sustainability on the remote island of Vamizi in the Quirimbas Archipelago of northern Mozambique.

Within Vamizi Island, each villa was designed to work within the tropical climate to maintain optimal thermal comfort, achieved through numerous passive design principles. With the focus being protection from the harsh African sun, appropriate insulation using natural materials such as the traditional local palm leave roofing became critical.

The roofs overhangs were a key feature to ensure the facades were shaded year round. Natural cooling using air movement was maximized through orientation and elevating the buildings above the ground and by utilising high raked ceilings for natural convention. All these principles contribute to the sustainable design outcome.

Timber and other natural lightweight materials like woven screens, were used extensively to reduce the amount of thermal mass, which allowed for faster cooling of the structure in the evenings.

With an emphasis on natural materials, no glass was used in any of the villas and screening systems were used for privacy, shading from the sun and protection from the elements.

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