Stepping away from the rigid and solid architecture that embassy buildings usually hold, this embassy complex represents a friendly and a welcoming gesture through its fusion of the two different cultures. Thus, this act of bringing two polar opposite terms closer together was the driving force of the project.
The master plan was developed to provide different routes for different users to ensure the safety and comfort of the staff and the visitors alike. In addition, a buffer zone placed between the formal embassy building and the residences ensured a physical and mental separation between work and home. This, in turn helps staff at keeping a work-life balance and to be able to unwind and relax after a tiring day at the embassy building.
The duality concept is also visible in the facade of the embassy building where the facade swings back and forth in harmony between the opaque and bold Ethiopian bricks and the light and transparent modern glass. Lastly, taking into consideration the climate and environmental conditions of the city and site, the buildings were oriented to get optimum exposure to sunlight and to get the most out of the winds for cross-ventilation during the summer season. The bricks on the facade also act as shading elements and are rotated according to the sun angle to provide shading when necessary while letting filtered sunlight into the buildings.
Ofis, Büyükelçi konutu, Elçilik Binası, Konsolosluk.
Addis Ababa, Etiyopya
Mimari, İç Dekorasyon, iç mimari, Peyzaj
Different routes are designated for different users to ensure the safety of the staff.
The mixing and colliding of two cultures into one was the driving force in this project where opposite elements and materials join in harmony, celebrating two cultures coming together – Duality
The interior of the embassy building that is accessible to the public. The higher you go the less public it is.
A section of the embassy interior showing the filtered sunlight as well as the brick rotation for environmental purposes.
The combination of forms and elements that are contrasting in the project allows each element to shine in its own way.
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