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Competition: Czech embassy in Addis Ababa

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An international student ideas contest has been announced for the Czech Republic’s new embassy in the capital of Ethiopia

Open to architecture students from around the world – the competition seeks innovative proposals for a new 2,300m² complex featuring an embassy building, ambassadorial residence, consulate and visa office, staff apartments, and construction workers’ housing.

The call for concepts is organised by the Department of Architecture of the Czech Technical University in Prague on behalf of the Czech Republic’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Inspireli Awards. The overall winner will receive €2,000 and see their scheme constructed with a plaque acknowledging their role in the initial conceptual design.

According to the brief: ‘The Czech Embassy complex in Addis Ababa will be a business card of the Czech Republic. Its mission will be primarily to express the cultural level of the state and the traditions of Czech architecture within the European and the world context of cultural heritage.

‘The prerequisites for the architectural design are its expressive timelessness, high quality of execution, rational layout and the choice and use of adequate materials while sticking to the typological attributes of purpose-built buildings (offices and residences) for diplomatic missions. The architectural solution must also comply with basic safety, economic and, above all, user and operational requirements.’

Addis Ababa is the capital and largest city of Ethiopia with around 3.3 million inhabitants. Located around 2,355m above sea level in the Ethiopian Highlands, the settlement borders the Great Rift Valley.

The Czech embassy is currently located on a small parcel of land west of the National Palace in the centre of the city. The new embassy is proposed for an undeveloped suburban 13,300m² site at Bole Kifle Ketema Kebele.

Proposals should be no higher than four storeys and feature an entrance building, embassy building featuring an ambassadorial residence, a consulate and visa section, staff apartments and housing for the construction workers. Leisure facilities and an external garden for events will also be required.

Submissions should include a perspective image, site plan, floor plans, two sections, elevations and a textual description. The judging panel features Mikuláš Hulec from the Czech Technical University and Otto Dvořák of the Inspireli Awards.

The overall winner, to be announced on 1 October, will receive €2,000 and a plaque honouring their conceptual role in the design of the competed building. A second prize of €1,500 and third prize of €1,000 will also be awarded.

The deadline for applications is 12 June.

How to apply

Visit the competition website for more information

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