BOORT MALT

TYPOLOGY: Industry LOCATION: Debre-Birhan, Ethiopia ARCHITECTS:  RAAS ARCHITECTS CLIENT: boort malt COMPLETION DATE: 20– CONTRACT VALUE: BIRR — MILLION BUILT AREA:1424STATUS: Constructed

This is an industrial project located in Debre Birhan, a city in central Ethiopia, about 120 km North-East of Addis Ababa. The project was to design an office building plus a guardhouse.

As this is an industrial design project, safety rules are considered more closely for each space. The office building has an area of 1424.24 m2 designed to hold 4 offices, meeting room, reception, training room, laboratory, beverage store, cold store, canteen, kitchen, pantry, meeting room, security, locker rooms, and restrooms.

 

The guardhouse lies on a 15 m2 space designed to have a comfortable verandah, a bathing space, and a sitting space to control the environment.

There are three major single-storey circular blocks all having a central open courtyard, made of bamboo structures and low pitched overhanging roofs. The arrangement cascades with the gentle slope of the site and follows the ridge of an adjacent ravine granting good views and optimum capture of prevailing winds for natural ventilation. Covered walkways link the different buildings and intensive plantations and gardens, surround and zone the site. The different buildings serve the varying programmatic functions creating social zones of vital activity, quiet healthcare wards, service and maintenance areas, and linking gardens. Each space is designed in consideration of what children require during their long or short stay. 

The largest block, measuring 1,200 sq meters, incorporates offices, educational rooms, OPD exam rooms, pharmacy, laboratory, radiology, preschool, children activities, teen activities, quiet rooms while the smallest has a nursing station, library, bathroom, isolation rooms, children and toddlers room and has an area of 530 sq meter.

The third block covers 580 sq meters and has a doctor’s office, pharmacy, children’s rooms, toddler’s room, isolation room, nursing station, staff toilet, and bathrooms in it.