Royal Embassy of the Netherlands - Aga Khan Award for Architecture
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Royal Embassy of the Netherlands

Royal Embassy of the Netherlands

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (East Africa)
Architect: Dick Van Gameren, Bjarne Mastenbroek
Client: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands
Completed: 2005
Site size: 55'000 m²

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Royal Embassy of the Netherlands Project Brief

A new European embassy in Africa is often an imposed (or at least imported) affair, using materials and human resources brought from outside. The Dutch Embassy in Addis Ababa is different. It was realised entirely by local contractors, using the only widely available local construction material, concrete, coupled with Ethiopian stone and timber for the interior finishes. The brief required new buildings for the ambassador's residence, chancellery and staff housing, and the renovation of the existing deputy ambassador’s house. Along the way (the project took eight years to realise) a small school was added to the programme.

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