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The Ethiopian Dutch Embassy Juts Out in Several Directions

By: Jordy Eleni - Published: Apr 2, 2013 • References: ethiopia.nlembassy.org and gizmodo
The Ethiopian Dutch embassy shakes up standard diplomatic abodes. While many feature grandiose layouts and upscale materials, architects Dick van Gameren and Bjarne Mastenbroek brought an alternative angular concept to life.

Multiple cultural elements are infused into the floor plans of this bureaucratic space. This stems from its rough walls, a direct offshoot of the red earth that is present in Ethiopia. A shallow pool was also incorporated, stemming from the Netherlands' low to the ground geography.

Ecological aspects are also present here. As it sits sloped in a downwards manner, beams of sunlight are used to heat, cool and ventilate the embassy's interior. It follows that it won the 2007 Aga Khan Award for Architecture.