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Old November 12th, 2012, 02:44 PM   #1
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ADDIS ABABA | United Bank HQ | 35 F + (12 F antenna) | U/C

Eskinder and Partners (EP), an engineering firm based in
Addis Ababa, has won the architectural design competition for
the headquarters of United Bank S.C. The Minister of Urban
Development and Construction urged stakeholders in the bank
to make the design a reality on the ground within the shortest
possible time. The planned headquarters of the United Bank, which will be constructed around National Theater is more than
30 stories, and is expected to cost over 800 million birr. The
winning firm has been awarded 140 thousand birr for the
design it submitted. Designs submitted by Greta Consulting
and K2N Engineering and Consulting won second and third
places, respectively. “Completing design work in itself is not an end. The bid is not
yet started. I want to urge the shareholders of the bank, its
board members and its management to give due emphasis to
make the design a reality on the ground,” said Mekuria Haile,
Minister of Construction and Urban Development, in a remark
he made after declaring the winners of the competition last Monday at the Hilton Hotel.
In what seems a new development, the competition has
attracted many architectural firms and individuals. More than
70 firms and individuals bought the design document floated
three months ago and 41 submitted their proposals.
The jury of seven included veterans and young professionals, and seven contestants were short listed as finalists. The jury
identified the winner using predetermined criteria, and design
variables like space usage, sustainability of the construction
technology, form, urban character, symbolic attributes, and
compliance with different regulations.
The realization of the plan is expected to boost the bank,s revenues and image, in addition to creating a well-situated
environment for its operations.
“The realization of the plan into reality on the ground will create
favorable conditions for ensuring the bank,s back desk
operation in one central area. That will save operation cost and
time, beyond convenience. It also generates additional income and boosts the positive image of the bank in the public mind,”
said Birhanu Getaneh, president of the bank.
The building will be erected on a 3,838 square meter plot
leased from Addis Ababa City Administration in the area
commonly known as Senga Tera, in front of Addis Ababa
University School of Commerce. Once the detailed design is completed, the building will be completed within four years.
The final design will include technical aspects of the planned
building, like electrical, sanitary, structural designs, bill of
quantity, will be completed within four months, according to
Eskinder Wubetu, a founding partner of the winning
engineering firm. Eskinder has been in the engineering and architecture business for the last 17 years.
“We want to extend our sincere appreciation to the Ethiopian
Architecture Association. Without its endeavor, our company
wouldn’t be here tonight. The association has struggled
tremendously to make design completion in our country a
reality by introducing an international architectural design completions by law which lays the foundation for the screening
criteria here. This has opened room for competition,” Eskinder
told Capital.
“Such a planned high rise building is public property. It
symbolizes the urban setting and life. Ensuring such an urban
character needs to be born from competition,” he added. According to the construction planning requirements of the city
administration, the plot allotted to the bank will host a high rise
building rising from 21 to 34 stories.
United Bank is one of the most profitable private banks in the
country, closing the last financial calendar year with 412
million birr in gross profits. Eskinder and Partners is an engineering company established
seven years ago with 100 thousand birr in seed capital.
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Old November 14th, 2012, 06:25 PM   #2
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Old November 14th, 2012, 11:31 PM   #3
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I like that it's round, it's different. Hopefully the cladding will be classy.
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Old November 17th, 2012, 12:06 AM   #4
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I'm hoping it's not blue glass
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Old November 18th, 2012, 02:28 AM   #5
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I'm hoping it's not blue glass
Let's cross our fingers.
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Old November 22nd, 2012, 12:52 PM   #6
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It looks nice and wow 30 fl
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Old November 23rd, 2012, 08:39 AM   #7
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Old November 23rd, 2012, 08:55 AM   #8
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Old February 23rd, 2013, 10:49 PM   #9
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United Bank of Addis Ababa Proposal / Söhne & Partner Architects + BET Architects
23FEB2013


Courtesy of Söhne & Partner Architects + BET Architects
Designed by Söhne & Partner Architects + BET Architects, their proposal for the United bank of Addis Abada is represented in units coming together into a single entity in a seamless fashion. These units are the shares that make up the bank and shares are the people that came together to make this bank a reality. Conceived as a composition of a tower and podium, the form of the building is articulated with diamond shaped units interwoven together. More images and architects’ description after the break.


Courtesy of Söhne & Partner Architects + BET Architects

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.


Courtesy of Söhne & Partner Architects + BET Architects

This diamond shape forms a 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.


Courtesy of Söhne & Partner Architects + 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.

Architects: Söhne & Partner Architects + BET Architects
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Type: Office Building
Year: 2012

http://www.archdaily.com/334080/unit...et-architects/

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Old February 23rd, 2013, 11:39 PM   #10
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That would have been fantastic but I'm pretty sure they already chose the other render
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Old February 27th, 2013, 04:05 AM   #11
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Old March 1st, 2013, 06:23 PM   #12
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Are they really going with the first one? Idiots! Here's the 2nd place plan.























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The construction system of the building is designed thinking a realistic and affordable execution and asustainable performance in the future.

The main structure is a concrete grid of pillars, girders and slabs of optimized spans. The geometry of the building is modular, even though it has a dual alignment. In the main entrance porch, the pillars are integrated in the company name made of prefab concrete. The shape of the building, its multiple directions and the vertical circulation cores placed strategically in the plan, optimizes the stability of the structure.

The skin is a curtain wall of transparent glass protected by horizontal aluminum plates that are tighter in the south side and wider in the north to keep the interior natural lightening regular. In each floor,the false ceiling exchanges air with the exterior through a perforated sheet between two of the façade plates. In this generous false ceiling the natural flow of air is complemented with air conditioning when required.
The performance of the building is reinforced by the addition of the green roof in the terraces thatcreate a higher thermal inertia in the interior. The recycling water systems collect the water from therain and reuse it for landscaping and toilets and reuse the tap water for the toilets tanks.
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Old March 4th, 2013, 02:26 AM   #13
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Very nice! They should have chosen this one.
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Simfan,

Nice find! But personally, I'm starting to see a bad pattern of banks and other organizations unvailing fancy HQ highrise (20+) buildings but never actually building it. I don't know what is going on but I can name a few. Abysinia Bank, Huda Real Estate, CBE, EEPCO, Nile Insurance, Red Cross, NIB, and others. To date, Awash bank is the only organization that I know of that has managed to built its skyscaper successsfully.
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Very nice building. I like it.
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Old June 24th, 2013, 12:44 PM   #16
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Simfan,

Nice find! But personally, I'm starting to see a bad pattern of banks and other organizations unvailing fancy HQ highrise (20+) buildings but never actually building it. I don't know what is going on but I can name a few. Abysinia Bank, Huda Real Estate, CBE, EEPCO, Nile Insurance, Red Cross, NIB, and others. To date, Awash bank is the only organization that I know of that has managed to built its skyscaper successsfully.
Frustrating. I am afraid, that I become older or would die before all these projects are completed.
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Old June 24th, 2013, 06:24 PM   #17
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I can imagine the frustration of the architects at having these third and fourth rate designs being chosen over their quality work. If this trend continues, I'm sure the participation rate in these competitions will plummet as the firms keep on being told Ethiopian judges have no architectural taste whatsoever.
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any one have an idea who is the contractor ? please
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Old August 31st, 2013, 03:24 PM   #19
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The models of all seven designs were presented at the Hilton in the presence of the Bank’s shareholders, high management officials, almost all presidents from other banks in the industry, and the guest of honor, Mekuria Haile, Minister of Urban Development and Construction, who announced the top three finalists.

All finalists placing before third place were handed 25,000 Br each. Gereta consult which is a staple at such design competitions, was awarded 70,000 Br, for coming in third place, while K2N construction won 100,000Br.The design by this firm had many nods of approval from the crowd when presented, despite losing out to eventual winner.

“While the design was striking and managed to stand out, it failed to comply with some of the planning regulations issued by the administration,” one of the jury members told Fortune.

The winning design on the other hand had complied with such standards in addition to having several strong points including strong space organizations, especially on the ground floor, sustainable plot usage, and an outside plaza to contribute to the overall beauty of the city, according to Mistere Solomon, Chair of Competition and Exhibition at the AEA, a lecturer at Addis Abeba University’s Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development (EiABC).
What planning regulations?! Now they start caring about the planning regulations?! What idiocy!! The only thing preventing me from ripping my hair out is that I can't get a grip on it!!!
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What planning regulations?! Now they start caring about the planning regulations?!
Isn't that a good thing?
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