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United Bank Building

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Main Ideas: Harmony of units

TheUnitedBankBuildingis represented in units coming together in to a single

entity - in a seamless fashion. These units are the shares that make

up the bank. The shares are the people that came together to make

this bank a reality. Finally these units cluster into capsules which then

recollect to a single entity expressing unity of units.

One single unit is also the smallest financial unit. They come together

in to hundreds, millions and billions...to create the financial

strength and power in which the bank is well represented in its


Hence, the building form is conceived as a composition of a

tower and podium articulated with diamond shaped unit interwoven

together forming unity of units to symbolize the 'Hibret'/

Unity Bank. At the ground floor, a common plaza with urban

landscape is created which leads 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.

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 facade pattern. Whereas, from

G+10 up to G+32 the pattern cascades diminishing upward exaggerating

the perspective.

In Cooperation with BET architects.

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  1. Söhne&Partner Architects
sohnepartner, July 3rd, 2013
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