Moving to Cape Verde!

Moving to Cape Verde!

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • May 02, 2012
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And one more Design Fellow off for a new adventure! After Botswana and Mokopane in South Africa, it's to the middle of the Atlantic Ocean that the Football for Hope program is looking.

Design Fellow Ana Reis just relocated to Cape Verde, where Football for Hope Center #16 is located. Cape Verde is an island country, an archipelago of 10 islands located in the Atlantic Ocean, 570 kilometres off the coast of Western Africa.

The future center is located in Tarrafal on the main island. The center host organization, Delta Cultura Cabo Verde, focuses on the use of soccer and arts to create a safe space for socioeconomically disadvantaged young people. A center already exists on site and the challenge here is to design a center that works with the existing infrastructure.

The program responds to DCCV’s most immediate needs, identified in the Design Brief: a Library and Research Area, a new Multipurpose Space for educational events and an outside SHADED area, protected from the prevailing winds.

The design responds to these needs by providing spaces easily adapted to different changing circumstances, such as the Multipurpose Room where at least 4 different room layouts are possible to quickly obtain giving room for different activities. The new Tarrafal Football for Hope Centre aims to blend in within the already existing infrastructure and with the same look and feel.


View of the site


Kids on site


Existing buildings


The existing football pitch


Bird view of new design


The future plan


Ana Reis is the design fellow with Architecture for Humanity currently working for the Football for Hope Centre in Tarrafal, Cape Verde. Ana worked for different practices in Portugal and she acted as a project architect for the Figueira da Foz Municipality from 2001 to 2006. She then moved to the UK where she worked for Foster+Partners and Adjaye Associates and co-founded Langdon Reis Architects in London, 2008. The studio won a number of competitions, collaborated on a number of large urban studies and completed small residential projects. Ana graduated in 1998 from Lusíada University in Portugal, where she undertook postgraduate studies in “Rehabilitation of Historic Places” in 2001. Recently she completed a Masters Degree of Research Architecture at Goldsmiths University in London. She is a registered architect at the Ordem dos Arquitectos Portugueses in Portugal since 1998, and registered at the ARB in the UK in 2007.