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CASTEL GROUP HEADQUARTERS

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LOCATION

Ethiopia

CITY

Addis Ababa

YEAR

2017

STATUS

Completed

SURFACE

15000 sqm

CLIENT

Castel Group

THEMES

Architecture, Headquarters, Offices, Residential, Mixed used

PROJECT INFO

The design for the Castel Headquarter in Addis Ababa faces a double challenge: on one hand the need to represent the French beer company, one of the largest in the country, on the other the aim to become a landmark capable of inspiring effective relationships towards a rapidly evolving city.

The eight-story building has a significant south front overlooking a high-density road and an elevated railway station. It has a mixed destination: largely dedicated to offices and services it also includes a gym on the sixth level and a bistro on the seventh, fulfilling the client’s desire to take care of the community relational aspects. The last two floors accommodate various apartments of different cuts.

The plan of the building shows a longitudinal misalignment imposed by the morphology of the lot that turns into a characterizing element of the project. Hence, the building separates into two wings (East and West), connected by a central core which houses the foyer, the meeting rooms and the main vertical connections.

The dark-grey porcelain stoneware ventilated façade is punctuated with large windows, that are harmonically arranged within a geometric pattern. The result is a vibrant surface, thanks to the window’s golden frames and custom perforated aluminium sheets. At each end of the building, two translucent glass-block walls lead to the rough concrete heads, which house the residential staircases. On the upper floors, the facade opens up into posts and beams, allowing a stunning view from the apartment’s terraces.

The Castel Group headquarters is a striking building, complex and vibrant, that contributes to enhancing the collective identity within a strongly interlaced landscape.

A striking building, complex and vibrant, that contributes to enhancing the collective identity within a strongly interlaced landscape.

Credits

ARCHITECTS

Nicole Cieri Architects + Westway Architects

DESIGN TEAM

Simona Gaffi, Valentina Linares, Antonella Petitti, Catalina Rivera

IMAGES

Francesco Danielli

PARTNERS

Local Consultant

GET Consultant plc, Addis Ababa, ET

Structural designn works

AEE Afro-European Engineers plc, Addis Ababa, ET

Electrical design works

FASTEK Consult plc, Addis Ababa, ET

Sanitary & Mechanical design works

SANMECH Consult plc, Addis Ababa, ET

Lighting design works

Marco Stignani

Contractor

Elmi Olindo Contractors plc, Addis Ababa, ET

Photographs

Moreno Maggi

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