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Royal Embassy of the Netherlands

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  • Award Cycle:
    Status:
    Recipient
    Location:
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    Client:
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands
    Architect:
    Dick Van Gameren, Bjarne Mastenbroek
    Size:
    55'000 m²
    Completed:
    2005

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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 ambassadors house. Along the way (the project took eight years to realise) a small school was added to the programme.