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April 20th, 2010, 09:03 AM
The “leading design” for the airline’s future headquarters is actually the “number two” design as Ethiopian chose not to name any of the designs “number one.” This design merges tradition with innovation and envisions a structure with a basement, a mezzanine and four floors above it. Jointly produced by local firm, Ultimate Plan Plc, and Leit-Werk Ltd of London, UK, the structural work of the design is to include a German company, Iproplan. The wide open entrance leads into a large atrium space with a view of the airport and the Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower. It also features a pedestrian bridge that stretches across the atrium to the main office on the upper level; a conference centre on the ground floor and two levels of parking for staff members. However, a formal decision in considering the winning design is yet to be made.
Ethiopian Airlines is not satisfied with the designs that bidders summitted for the new headquarters it is planning to construct inside its existing compound and is contemplating whether or not to announce an international bid.
The second to fifth place of the design bid, were announced on Monday, April 11, 2010.
However, no first place winning design was declared, according to Wogayehu Terefe, acting manager of Public Relations and Publications.
Ultimate Plan Plc, Sileshi Consult Plc, Mulugeta Asfaw Consult, and Gereta Consult took the positions from second place to fifth place, respectively. Berhanu Mussa Architecture & Engineering had also entered the bid but did not make the top five.
Ethiopian had invited the tender to hire architectural firms for the design of the building and supervision of the contract on September 19, 2009.
“Our company is the only one that received a very good result from the airline on the evaluation form,” Samuel Alebel, Technical Assistant of Ultimate Plan Plc, told Fortune.
The bidders were told by the airline to wait until a formal decision was made as to the next step to be taken, according to Samuel.
“We are not satisfied with the designs,” Girma Wake, CEO of Ethiopian, told Fortune, “because most of them do not meet the requirements set by the airline. Most likely, we will go for an international bid. However, it is still under process.”
The future headquarters, which is part of the yet to be disclosed airline’s “Vision 2025,” will solely serve administrative purposes, according to Wogayehu.
The jury that decided on the designs included Solomon Kassa, Hiyaw Terefe (PhD), and Zegeye Cherinet, all from Addis Abeba University, as well as Yonas from the Addis Abeba City Administration and Asnake (PhD). Solomon was the chairman of the jury.
“As part of its vision, the airline will increase its human resources capacity is hence construction of this kind is necessary to accommodate the need,” said Wogayehu.
It is to be recalled that the airline had announced on March 11, 2010, that it exceeded its “Vision 2010” targets in its destinations, operating revenues, and profits.
April 20th, 2010, 09:36 AM
Where is its HQ?
That design is just average. I want something gorgeous.
April 20th, 2010, 09:41 AM
It seems like the new HQ will be at the same location as the old one.
In terms of the design, EA will probably go for an international firm because its not satisfied with these designs. We will know in the months to come what the new HQ will look like.
April 20th, 2010, 10:01 AM
I meant, where is the current one? I don't remember.
April 20th, 2010, 11:30 PM
I meant, where is the current one? I don't remember.
Bole ( not 100% sure though, I could be wrong)
June 11th, 2010, 11:35 AM
Where is its HQ?
That design is just average. I want something gorgeous.
Same thing with the KQ headquarters. Looks like our airlines don't really go for fancy buildings.
June 11th, 2010, 01:19 PM
Where is its HQ?
That design is just average. I want something gorgeous.
I think it's a wonderful design, when it is built, you'll see!
And the translated originial Le Figaro article:
Lufthansa tackles Air France's African turf
The battle for Africa is only beginning. According to our information, Ethiopian Airlines is preparing to sign an agreement with Star Alliance to join the alliance dominated by Lufthansa. Several executives of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have confirmed the report in Le Figaro. The new recruit will give new impetus to the implementation of the German company in Africa. Historically, Lufthansa has always focused on the North American and Asia. Until recently, the company served only South Africa, East Africa and Egypt. But three years ago, it opens up lines go all-in backyard of Air France.
The Lufthansa Group, composed of Lufthansa, Swiss and Brussels Airlines now flies to 38 destinations in Africa, Air France is much that makes a difference on the number of frequencies. The German company also does not hide it bought Brussels Airlines, the ex-Sabena, pioneering company in Africa, in 2008 for its African network.
With the arrival of Ethiopian in the Star Alliance, the airline will be able to Addis Ababa a platform for connecting flights from Europe and those destined for the African States and to impose its leadership on east of the continent, to Air France very established, to the west. "Ethiopian has a very powerful African home network, says it at Lufthansa. We have already increased our frequency to Addis Ababa and improved the timing of our frequencies between Germany and Ethiopia. "
The German does not allow the West to Air France. It has already launched on the most profitable lines of the company tricolor. The group serves as Luanda (Angola) and Libreville (Gabon), while Swiss and Brussels Airlines fly between Douala and other Yaounde (Cameroon).
A part of Star Alliance, Lufthansa is expected to announce in coming days to launch a line between Frankfurt and Pointe-Noire (Congo), the second line's most profitable global network of Air France. For its part, Brussels Airlines has opened three destinations in West Africa: Cotonou (Benin), Lome (Togo) and Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso). "Air France, which is dominant, can only lose market share," says one Lufthansa. The German company also announced further study the opening of roads competing with Air France in West Africa and particularly in Congo.
The beginning of real competition in Africa after years of near monopoly lights should nevertheless not be summed up well in a Paris against the opposition of hubs in Frankfurt, Zurich and Brussels. Gulf companies are getting into effect, too, little by little in the battle. "They represent a relative hazard between the U.S. and Africa because of their geographical location, says one analyst. For cons, the threat is formidable between Africa and Asia, including China. "At the moment Gulf Air and Etihad are confined to eastern Africa, but Emirates already serves 12 cities in black Africa, which Luanda, the most profitable line of the French company.
"This increased competition should lead to lower fares on its roads and reduce the margins of Air France in Africa," says one analyst. The company should nevertheless remain a leader in the West African routes. The question remains how much market share it will lose.
September 14th, 2010, 12:51 AM
Ethiopian to Retender Design Competition for HQ
The 3D illustration of the winning design of previous competition, designed by
Ultimate Plan Plc, which was awarded second place.
Ethiopian Airlines has finished determining the terms of reference (ToR) for the design competition of its headquarters to be built inside its current compound at Bole International Airport, Addis Abeba, and is set to float a tender next week, sources disclosed to Fortune.
This is the second time that the airline is floating a design competition for its headquarters after canceling the previous one due to the lack of entrants and lack of a first place winner. Only five firms, Ultimate Plan Plc, Sileshi Consult Plc, Mulugeta Asfaw Consult, Gereta Consult, and Berhanu Mussa Architecture and Engineering, had submitted designs. There was no first place winner, as the firm with the highest ranked design, Ultimate Plan Plc, was awarded second place.
The whole competition was not befitting the stature of the airline, the management at Ethiopian Airlines believed, unhappy with both the results of the competition and the number of entrants, according to sources close to the airlines.
Although the management was contemplating whether to float an international competition, some board members of the airline pushed them to consult with the Association of Ethiopian Architects (AEA), established in 1991, and do another round of competition. The AEA’s involvement from the very beginning in the design competition of the new headquarters of the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia (CBE) and the results had impressed some of the board members, according to the sources.
The CBE’s design competition was floated in consultation with the AEA, which advised on the drafting of the ToR, the requirements or “programme of the design,” and the nomination of the jury members. There were 21 submissions for the competition.
The first tender for Ethiopian Airlines’s headquarters’ design had some confusing elements in the programme of the design. The winning design may not necessarily get the project, read an article in the ToR, according to an architect who had bought the tender document and decided not to take part.
For many architects, prize money from competitions is not commensurate with the man-hours and the money that they spend on them. The only compensation is the promise that they will get the project and negotiate an additional design fee, should they win the competition.
The tender competition which is to be announced will be open for consultants who are grade three and above with significant changes made to the prize money and the announcement and selection process of the submitted designs.
The management at the airline is looking for an iconic design that expresses the position of the airline in both Africa and the world, sources told Fortune.
The airline has bought Boeing 777-200s, which are expected to arrive in November 2010, and 787 Dreamliners, making it the first airline in Africa to fly these aircraft.
The new headquarters is going to be built inside the existing compound on around 1,000sqm of land near the old building.
“The long-term goal of the airline is to demolish the [old] existing building and expand the new building in its place,” the sources added.
Although officials at the airline were unwilling to comment on the exact date that the tender is to be floated or how much money is budgeted for the design competition, the airline has budgeted up to one million Birr to be used as prize money, payment for jury members, and other processes related with the competition, sources disclosed.
Pity. I quite liked the winning bid. Here's hoping that this doesn't turn out like the Ghion Hotel seems to be doing.
February 28th, 2011, 07:39 PM
The winning bid:
Props to Roha & Skyliner123 for finding the source.
February 28th, 2011, 09:35 PM
I just hope they don't build the building and neglect the finer details like landscaping and manicuring, as is typical of projects in Ethiopia. Their lack of attention to detail is what troubles me the most.
February 28th, 2011, 11:31 PM
I think its beautiful. :cheers:
March 1st, 2011, 12:55 AM
Its gorgeous especially in its modern architectural elements. Im not going to lie, I really was hoping for a massive landmark (possibly a 40-50 fl, like CBE) but I think the quality of this design will help bring a little bit of simplistic modernity to Addis, in the way that the new British Council building did.
At the same time, I guess a 40 or 50 flr building right next to the airport wouldnt have been workable because of flight paths and airspace restrictions.
Maybe this one can be Ethiopian Airlines head office, and then the conglomerate Ethiopian Aviation Group can build its corporate office (hopefully a tower) somewhere in the CBD. :dunno:
March 1st, 2011, 07:21 PM
Thanks for the props homie.
I completely agree with your assessment. Plus I think the original design (2nd place winner) was was even better than the new one but at least the winning design was not nearly as bad as the Ghion one.
But the interior design of the winner is really superb. I think it would have made a great interior for a new terminal. I hope it will be open to the public (perhaps a ticketing agency or something)
February 20th, 2012, 06:33 PM
Ethiopian seals deal for new HQ
The national flag carrier Ethiopian Airlines’ top officials on Friday sealed an agreement awarding a new headquarter design to local Architect firm, BET Architects PLC which partners with an international firm for the project.
The new headquarters with an estimated cost of 350 million birr is part of a multi million facility expansion projects Ethiopian is undertaking to materialize a fifteen year strategic plan to evolve into a diversified aviation group by 2025. A new maintenance hangar, aviation academy and students’ dormitories are among other facilities in the pipeline.
“The construction of the head office building is in line with vision 2025 growth plan in which number of employees will significantly increase. The current buildings are no longer large enough to accommodate the growth. This along with other factors has necessitated the construction of a new headquarters,” said Wogayehu Terefe, Ethiopian Manager of Public Relations and Publications. The construction of the new headquarters could take up to 30 months once the design is complete, its architects say.
“Since the latest agreement was forthcoming after we have won the conceptual design competition a year ago, we have already held a project launching meeting with our partner and local subcontractors a few days ago here in Addis Ababa. So the detailed design phase can be seen as already in progress and it will take up to six months. Once the design is complete, we can then proceed to drafting a bid document that will take up to three months and it will be offered for contractors that will build the headquarters,” said Tesfamariam Teshome, a senior partner at BET Architects, in an interview on Friday.
The winning ‘concept of flows’ led to a fragmented yet interconnected simple-single- forms to be organized like a village allowing the flow of people, air, light, and nature into and out of the building that will be Ethiopian Airlines’ new HQ in a 15,500 meter square total floor area, the designers say.
BET assembled four other local sub consultants to execute the task of the detailed design. Afro-European Engineers-a company formed by local and European Engineers, SANMECH consult, Buker Electrical Consultancy PLC jointly with Tefera Feleke Electrical Design PLC for Structural, Sanitary and Mechanical, and Electrical Engineering works respectively are part of the designer’ team.
“We are really excited about the venture; we have some of the best local teams that will partner with expatriates; it will definitely lead to knowhow transfer and experience sharing that will help the local industry develop a muscle to undertake multimillion dollar projects such as this one,” said Tesfamariam who, like his founding partner Daniel Alemayehu, has taught architecture at Addis Ababa University for twenty years.
read the rest @ Capital (http://capitalethiopia.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=547:ethiopian-seals-deal-for-new-hq&catid=35:capital&Itemid=27)
Very good to hear local firms taking the lead on this and including other local ventures in the process.
February 21st, 2012, 09:58 PM
Hope it really gets built soon
February 22nd, 2012, 04:55 PM
Ethiopian’s Deal with BET Architects for HQ Finally Takes Wing
The management of Ethiopian Airlines has finally inked a deal with BET Architects Plc, and its foreign partner Soehene Partners Architects, for the supervision work of its headquarters planned inside Bole International Airport.
After prolonged negotiations that took almost a year, the agreement was signed on Friday, February 17, 2012, between Yissehak Zewoldi, vice president of Alliances & Corporate Strategic Planning at Ethiopian, and Tesfamariam Teshome, manager, senior partner, and architect at BET Architects Plc.
About a year ago, February 2011, the jury installed by the national carrier selected an architectural entry made by BET Architects Plc, in collaboration with Soehene Partners Architects, an Austrian company. The design was selected to build the headquarters of Ethiopian on a 50,000sqm plot, estimated to cost 350 million Br.
The design took into consideration both local and international contexts, in meeting the structural, corporate, and organisational programme of the airline’s vision for 2025, according to Tesfamariam.
This was not the first time for the airline to announce an architectural design contest for its headquarters design. Back in September 2009, the airline, which was not satisfied enough with submissions to select a first prize, had cancelled the first contest without selecting a winner.
A jury of five, comprising of Asnake Adamu (PhD), civil engineer and instructor at Addis Abeba University (AAU); Yonas Alemayehu, Solomon Kassa, Zegeye Cherinet, and Eskinder Wubetu, all architects and instructors at AAU, had selected Ultimate Plan Plc, Sileshi Consult Plc, Mulugeta Asfaw Consult, and Gereta Consult from second to fourth positions, respectively. Ultimate was awarded 180,000 Br, while the third and fourth submissions received 130,000 Br and 80,000 Br, respectively.
But, the largest prize was to come from the follow-up contractual deals that the airline was supposed to enter with the winning firm in order to provide consulting and supervision services during the construction phase. Normally, local architectural firms take an average of two to three per cent of the total construction cost of a project to pay for their work in design, consultancy, and supervision. Nonetheless, if the project cost is much lower, the fee could go as high as 10pc, according to industry experts.
Although jury members were selected during the first contest based on recommendations from the Association of Ethiopian Architects (AEA), the result was not endorsed by the Association. The quality of the contest then was not befitting of the airline’s stature, believed the management, which was also unhappy with the number of entries, sources at the airlines had told Fortune in October 2010.
However, the airline's decision not to award the contract to the second winner in the contest raised controversy between the national carrier and managers of Ultimate Plan Plc.
Begziyabher Alebel, major shareholder of Ultimate Plan, and its general manager, declined to comment.
The management went ahead with a second round, after inviting the Association to oversee the architectural design competition of close to 15 firms. Solomon, Zegeye and Asnake, from the previous jury, joined the second jury with Biruk Teffera, an architect and secretary of the Association, and Elias Yitbarek (PhD), the president.
The airline had allocated up to one million Birr to be paid as a prize for competitors, payment for the jury members and related expenses of the competition, senior officials at Ethiopian disclosed to Fortune.
It was won by BET Architects Plc and Soehene Partners Architects, a collaboration that subcontracted Afro-European Engineers, Sanmech Consult, and Buker Electrical Consultancy Plc jointly with Tefera Feleke Electrical Design Plc, for structural, sanitary, mechanical, and electrical engineering work, respectively.
The design of BET satisfied the jury members, who were following the airline’s specific demands about organisational structure, flexibility of use and expansion, as well as forward-looking plans, Biruk had told Fortune, after the announcement of the selected design was made.
BET was established in March 2003, with a registered capital of 120,000 Br, by Tesfamariam and Daniel Alemahew, who are instructors at Addis Abeba University’s Ethiopian Institute of Architects & Building Construction (EiABC). The firm has undertaken projects such as the 200 million Br Wolkite General Hospital and Hawassa University’s expansion project, which was awarded to it last year.
“We are happy to sign the agreement,” Tesfamariam said. “It will be a historic experience.”
The total built-up space of the four-storey building will rest on a 15,500sqm footprint. It will contain building management services, security systems, air conditioning, interior and landscape designs, as well as an underground parking space.
BET and Soehene Partners Architects will collaborate in turning their three-dimensional depiction into a detailed design as well as in the supervision and construction of the headquarters. The detailed design work, which requires intensive architectural assessment of each application, taking advantage of technology transfers from Soehene Partners Architects, will take a minimum of six months, Tesfamariam told Fortune.
April 26th, 2012, 09:25 PM
how much does it cost
August 12th, 2012, 07:47 AM
Awesome HQ's by Ethiopian Airlines, KQ should soon follow with a Rival Render lol
September 17th, 2012, 09:24 AM
full pic ethiopian airlines hq
September 17th, 2012, 08:14 PM
What's that on the roof, solar panels?
October 10th, 2012, 09:52 AM
Hello from Israel Boeing 787
October 11th, 2012, 08:55 AM
I like it this shoulve been done at least 2 years ago i guess its being built near the airport ?! Just like Emirates Airlines