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Embassy Ethiopia / Bjarne Mastenbroek and Dick Van Gameren

  • 01:00 - 13 January, 2012
Embassy Ethiopia / Bjarne Mastenbroek and Dick Van Gameren
Embassy Ethiopia / Bjarne Mastenbroek and Dick Van Gameren, © Christian Richters
© Christian Richters

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© Christian Richters

From the architect. The compound of the Dutch Embassy consists of a five-hectare wooded area that slopes steeply towards the city. The design task was to situate the five individual buildings in the compound while retaining and enhancing the quality of the site's landscape. The strict horizontal volume of the main building cuts into the hill with the sloping terrain naturally dividing the building into two programmatic units; the ambassador’s residence and the chancellery.

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© Christian Richters

The Embassy roof is a shallow pool, an element that combines Dutch tradition in water management and landscape technology, with the natural craggy countryside of Ethiopia. As in the Netherlands everyone lives and works under water. The building is visible at both ends and as the landscape slopes gradually upwards it disappears temporarily, transforming into a pool among the eucalyptus trees.

© Christian Richters
© Christian Richters

The other elements of the programme are articulated in a similarly ‘camouflaged’ way; the gatehouse peeks above the entrance wall, wrapped in the colours of the Dutch flag, the extension to the house of the deputy ambassador is slid underneath an existing villa and the three staff houses are built between the north double-wall of the compound.

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23 Comments

shift A · May 15, 2013

Great! I love the shape.

Radio Hear · August 11, 2012
Manuel Ángel Morales · July 30, 2012

...que emoción la arquitectura cuando es de verdad Embassy Ethiopia Bjarne Mastenbroek Dick Van Gameren http://t.co/YHQezPKi vía @archdaily

AGUILERA | GUERRERO · July 30, 2012

...que emoción la arquitectura cuando es de verdad Embassy Ethiopia Bjarne Mastenbroek Dick Van Gameren http://t.co/YHQezPKi vía @archdaily

Franz Spitaler · January 18, 2012

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benjamin dadsall · January 17, 2012

can you still publish this? the spaceship has landed already 7 yrs ago!

Fulden Ayhan · January 16, 2012

Embassy Ethiopia / Bjarne Mastenbroek and Dick Van Gameren http://t.co/S3CGQfK7

Rob Dickie · January 15, 2012

http://t.co/r9PscUzE GLE are currently engineering the aussie embassy in Addis, less beautiful and more functional?

Sean Murphy · January 15, 2012

Indeed it is -> @microscopiq "Beautifully organic Dutch embassy in #Ethiopia
http://t.co/K21a1X6I -> video of it too http://t.co/obSlPJr8

Antje pasinga.com · January 15, 2012

Embassy Ethiopia #architecture #design http://t.co/HIdNcHDv via @archdaily

Stefano Passamonti · January 14, 2012

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???? · January 14, 2012

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m.nkym · January 14, 2012

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Jason Ellis · January 14, 2012

Beautifully organic Dutch embassy in Ethiopia http://t.co/Db546jOA

Travel Writer · January 14, 2012

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Santi Maggio Savasta · January 14, 2012

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Ane Teheran · January 14, 2012

Nice #architecture. http://t.co/usNdg6sA

Jorge · January 14, 2012

Nice #architecture. http://t.co/usNdg6sA

Kimberly Hamers · January 13, 2012

Embassy Ethiopia / SeARCH + CMA http://t.co/DDaIeoX3 via @archdaily #architecture

K · January 13, 2012

Wow, simply amazing.

agf · January 13, 2012

This looks like a startled warthog, but in its monumentality is kind of sweet and humble, like the Bruce Armstrong Eagle. All this horizontality could have appeared faddy, but here, with the choice of materials, is calming.

godryk · January 13, 2012

This is beatiful!

H.A. · January 13, 2012 04:58 PM

AGREE. QUITE UNIQUE AMONG THEIR WORK THOUGH, I WAS EXPECTING TO FIND MORE OF ITS KIND ON THEIR WEBSITE

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