ROYAL NETHERLANDS EMBASSY

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

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.