Discover LEA - Angola Engineering Laboratory

December 09, 2019
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The Angolan Engineering Laboratory (LEA), equivalent to other institutions related to research, application and supervision of the various branches of Civil Engineering, has been a symbol of knowledge, progress and innovation since 1961.

Our LEA named its street - Engineering Lab Street - and many steps have been taken from its inception to the dizzying demotion suffered over the years, not only by its urban landscape but also by the application and production of its own. scientific knowledge in decision-making issues by government entities that once considered the LEA to be their loyal and loyal advisor.

Describing the LEA ranges from modernist African architecture, to younger and older employees, to their legacy and their role in the future.

The institution was born as a response to the development of Angola in the 50's and 60's which translates into the modern and complex engineering works in progress at the time that require the realization of projects and studies in the different branches of civil engineering, from small scale works such as large scale - roads, bridges, railways, dams, skyscrapers, among others.

Despite its research focus being the branch of Civil Engineering, the building that represents it leaves no doubt the beautiful piece of modern architecture signed by the architect Vasco Vieira da Costa. The set of buildings lies within the invisible boundaries that existed at the time it was built in a broad and harmonious manner with a virtually uninhabited surroundings, unlike today when the urban mesh has cornered the boundaries of the LEA forcing its walls to appear.

The buildings, although retaining their original appearance, have already suffered painful interventions that in some cases have removed functionality in terms of climate and space de-characterization: lack of cross ventilation and installation of AC in improper locations.

The LEA calls for recognition of its value to the Angolan nation and for good heirs who make this house continue to bear fruit of knowledge and resolution of the problems currently existing mainly in architectural and civil engineering projects developed by companies and government entities that should have awareness and obligation to consult and submit their proposals to this institution in order to ensure that their application in the Angolan context is not a problem in the future.