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United Bank of Addis Ababa Entry by Söhne & Partner Architekten and BET Architects
Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 |

Viennese practice Söhne & Partner Architekten has shared with us their competition entry for the new United Bank building in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The tower design with the dragon-scale facade was conceived in collaboration with Ethiopian firm BET architects.

Competition entry for the United Bank Building in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Image: Söhne & Partner Architekten and BET Architects)

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Competition entry for the United Bank Building in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Image: Söhne & Partner Architekten and BET Architects)

Project Description from the Architects:

Harmony of Units

United bank represented in units coming together in to a single entity in a seamless fashion. These units are the shares that make up the bank. Shares are the people that came together to make this bank a reality. These units cluster into capsules which then recollect to a single entity expressing unity of units.

The unit is also the smallest financial unit which comes together in to hundreds, millions and billions…to create the financial strength and power in which the bank is well represented in its business.

Rendering of the podium and entry plaza (Image: Söhne & Partner Architekten and BET Architects)

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Rendering of the podium and entry plaza (Image: Söhne & Partner Architekten and BET Architects)

Hence, the building form is conceived as a composition of a tower and podium articulated with diamond shaped unit interwoven together forming unity of units to symbolize the ‘Hibret’/ Unity Bank. At the ground floor, a common plaza with urban landscape is created which lead to different entrances: branch Bank, Headquarters, shopping and rentals. This common plaza serving as a transition place also symbolizes unity- people of different interest are coming to one shared point.

Diagram (Image: Söhne & Partner Architekten and BET Architects)

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Diagram (Image: Söhne & Partner Architekten and BET Architects)

At the same time the proposed HQ building is thought to respond to the existing urban fabric by responding to different existing heights, human scale and creating urban plaza at the entrance level. Until G+3 is responded by the podium made of different volumes, from G+3 up to G+10 it was responded by larger grains or units forming a façade pattern. Whereas, from G+10 up to G+32 the pattern cascades diminishing upward exaggerating the perspective.

Facade concept (Image: Söhne & Partner Architekten and BET Architects)

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Facade concept (Image: Söhne & Partner Architekten and BET Architects)

Project Details:

Project title: United Bank of Addis Ababa
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Type: Office Building
Status: Competition Entry
Year: 2012
Architects: Söhne & Partner Architekten in collaboration with BET architects



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