New Czech embassy in Ethiopia to be built by 2025

Czech diplomatic mission in Ethiopia has plans to build a new embassy in the main administrative capital of the African Union. The final design concept was selected in a competition and unveiled Thursday afternoon.

The final concept of the new Czech Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | Photo courtesy of CTU in Prague

The selected Embassy’s architecture design proposal features multiple houses and walls made from environmentally sustainable building materials. The outside mud-brick walls are as thick as 2 meters, and mud bricks are also used as the primary building materials for the representative space and residential buildings.

The building cost for the new house of the principal office of the Czech Republic’s diplomatic representatives in Ethiopia is expected to reach about 225 million Czech crowns.

The final design proposal for the embassy complex was selected by an independent panel in Inspireli Awards competition, a global student contest in architecture, urban design, landscape, and interior design. The winning project was submitted by Jana Hájková and Kristína Boháčová, 23-years-old students of the Faculty of Architecture at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava.

The competition was announced in May by the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs together with the Department of Architecture at the Faculty of Civil Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague. Its main object was to “express its form and content with an adequate level of state representation, reflecting local environment and conditions.”