I just came across this picture of a new building U/C in Berbera and although it isn't a building that is particularly impressive due to size or architectural innovation, what does make it is interesting, however, is the inspiration evident in its design. If you look carefully at this building it'll become clear that its design is inspired by the old Adalite buildings in Zeila. And much like in the Adalite buildings, locally sourced stone has been used for the façade. The similarity between the buildings is striking!
The centuries old Adalite buildings in Zeila, which was the capital of the Adal state.
This is the building under construction:
Berbera doesnt see a huge amount of traffic, now that Hargeisa is fully functional. Its a secondary airport mainly for Larger Aircraft who need its long runway. Actually I prefer a compact Terminal as long as it is well kept and furnished. They should really make the interior look like a proper Airport this time as they have a blank canvas to work with. Proper seats, Flight info screens, branded check-in desks, uniformed well presented, well trained staff, nice buses to transfer people to and from the aircraft and a proper VIP lounge. It would be nice, but if Somalis are in charge of providing all of that, isn't going to happen.Im very excited about this project. I only wish the building were bigger and several storeys higher.
Your forgetting that Somalia has some of the highest electricity costs in the world, and this is very restrictive to business. Also, if your going to sell air-conditioning units, you also have to train or import engineers in case of eventual breakdowns.The new mall in Hargeisa is filled with lavish furniture pieces yet none of those entrepreneurs have clocked the idea to add a air conditioning sales section that could be transported to other cities or towns by road.