Project: Commercial Bank of Ethiopia Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Designed by Henn Architekten Website:www.henn.com Solidity meets proximity: The Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE) is to construct a 42-storey building for its headquarters in Addis Ababa. The building will be the tallest building ever in Ethiopia. One of the fundamental values in banking is trust. Solidity and integrity are as much a part of trust as transparency and proximity to the customer. This duality finds expression in the mixture of open and more reserved elements of the design. Continue for more images after the jump:
Client: Commercial Bank of Ethiopia Year: 2009 Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Program: Offices, Conference Center, Commercial Center Status: Competition, 1st Prize Design Team: Maximiliane Groha, Martin Henn, Markus Jacobi, Max Schwitalla, Fredrik Werner Consultants: Happold Ingenierbüro GmbH, Priedemann Fassadenberatung GmbH, Transsolar Energietechnik GmbH On the longer sides of the slender office tower, a gap opens in the curtain facade to reveal the city from a new perspective. The reduced reflection of the glass skin here permits a contrasting glimpse inside the building. This openness continues to base level, where it reveals the entrance area. The tower is accompanied by a conference centre and a shopping mall. The buildings cluster around a sunken landscaped plaza. *Source | HENN
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