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Weaving Publicness

Socially-integrated office building with sustainable façade

The Chamber of Commerce headquarters aims to contribute to the spatial improvement of the urban environment, and to create an architectural dialog engaged in a global context with a strong local identity.

Public spaces at ground level are integrated into the building. The façade made of “woven” locally-quarried trachyte stone reminiscent of Ethiopian stone architecture regulates ventilation and ancient textile techniques as well as sunlight.

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Holcim Belgium hosts event with Awards Gold winners and City Architect of Brussels
“Weaving” the hustle and bustle of the city streetscape deep into the new facilities
“Weaving publicness” project features in exhibition of Belgian architects
“Sustainability? Linking local material, identity and expertise” – Ken De Cooman
Acknowledgement prize for sustainable office building in Ethiopia
“Carefully crafted architecture within the city fabric” – Holcim Awards Jury
Project Entry 2014 for Africa Middle East
Project Details
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Ken De Cooman
Main Author
Ken De Cooman
BC architects & studies, Belgium
Wes Degreef
Main Author
Wes Degreef
BC architects & studies, Belgium
Adeyabeba Tadesse Hailemariam
Main Author
Adeyabeba Tadesse Hailemariam
ABBA architects, Ethiopia
Acknowledgement prize 2014
Middle East Africa
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Holcim Awards Acknowledgement prizes 2014 for Africa Middle East
Holcim Awards Acknowledgement prizes 2014 for Africa Middle East

Shatha Safi of Riwaq Center for Architectural Conservation (Palestine) and Yara Sharif of NG Architects and Palestine …

“Sustainability? Local material, identity and craftsmanship” – Ken De Cooman
“Sustainability? Local material, identity and craftsmanship” – Ken De Cooman

Ken De Cooman of BC architects, Belgium sees the most sustainable element of his Holcim Awards Acknowledgement prize …

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