Art Deco in Africa Mozambique
Mozambique was a Portuguese colony from the early 15th century until 1975.
Although there are some fine examples of Art Deco in Mozambique like the Cine Africa, the most interesting architecture belongs to the second half of the 20th century when a group of young architects rejected the imposed (and conservative) taste of Portugal and its autocratic regime under Salazar.
Architects like Pancho Guedes who inspired by contemporary Brazilian architecture and the CIAM (congrès international d’architecture moderne) turned Mozambique into some sort of experimenting ground for architectural modernism.
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Maputo
1936 – 1944
Opened in 1948 under the name “Cinema Manuel Rodrigues”
It is still used as a venue for concerts and live performances.
Rádio Moçambique, 1951
2 Rua da Radio, Maputo
Also known as “Palacio da Radio”
Cine Teatro Tofo
Ressano Garcia Railway Station
Ressano Garcia is a small town in the border to South Africa.
Grande Hotel Beira
The Grande Hotel Beira was a luxury hotel back in the 50’s in Beira, Mozambique.
Opened in 1954 and abandoned in 1963.
It is currently home to over 1,000 squatters.
Beira Indico Hotel
São Jorge Theatre, Beira
Maputo Art Deco
Lion House Gorongosa National Park
Gil Vicente Cinema, Maputo