EMBASSY

OF THE NETHERLANDS

Constructed on 5 hectares of lush land, the buildings in the compound include the main chancery building with residence of ambassador; separate residences for the deputy ambassador; staff residences, kindergarten. The design is a blend of the metaphorical landscape of the Netherlands with the rock-hewn churches of Lalibella where the chancery building and ambassador residence stand as representative monuments the two cultures. The chancery, a horizontally elongated volume, cuts across the sloping terrain, piercing inside a landscape abundant of trees, and continuing into the valley along the east-west axis. This together with the rough slightly reddish horizontal concrete construction gives a monumental feel to the whole project while fulfilling the functional requirement of an embassy building.

TYPOLOGY: INSTITUTION/EMBASSY        LOCATION: ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA   ARCHITECTS:  BJARNE MASTENBROCK, DICK VAN GAMEREN – ABBA ARCHITECTS RAAS ARCHITECTS         CLIENT:  MINISTRY OF FOREGIN AFFAIRS OF the NETHERLANDS       COMPLETION DATE 2004      CONTRACT VALUE: BIRR 58,000,000 MILLION             BUILT AREA: 4,400

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