TYPOLOGY: INSTITUTION LOCATION: Holeta, ETHIOPIA ARCHITECTS: RAAS ARCHITECTS CLIENT: Born free foundation COMPLETION DATE: 2012 CONTRACT VALUE: BIRR — MILLION BUILT AREA: 690 M² STATUS: Constructed
The site is located on the grounds of Holeta’s former military training center for soldiers. Born free is an international foundation with the mission of rescuing wildlife by providing a safe environment for abandoned wild animals to dwell in and setting them free afterward as born free as they were created.
The foundation requires its own visitor’s center to receive its guests, a guest house for its expatriates, and an office for its staff. So remodeling the existing G+3 structures of the military training building into the visitor’s center, the existing generator house into a guest house, and in addition, designing a new office block making the institution consist of three blocks.
The wooden facade is constructed from the cutout obtained around the site. The facade treatment allowed the building to fit in with its surroundings, saving potentially cut-down trees from becoming waste.
The visitor’s center contains a lobby, retailing space, info area, meeting space, office, cafeteria, kitchen cafe terrace, and private terrace. It has large window openings on both the front and rear elevations, allowing the users of the interior space to experience the surrounding environment.
The office block comprises 2 office spaces, a store, restroom, meeting area, kitchen, and veranda, giving workers a space to refresh and take a break.
The guest house has a living room, 2 bedrooms, a kitchen, a bathroom, and a spacious veranda, giving it a homey feel and allowing users to enjoy the surrounding nature.