A stunning example of a building concept that responds to its cultural and ecological surroundings, the Royal Netherlands Embassy in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, reflects a convergence of cultures, and collaboration between Ethiopian and Dutch architects. The guiding principle in the construction of the project was a respect for place while addressing the functional requirements of a working embassy, resulting in a contemporary structure that fully engages its local environment.
Brian Vermeulen, of the architecture firm of Cottrell and Vermeulen in London, England, describes how the African Site of Great Zimbabwe, a major trading center until the 15th century, has influenced his work.
Driven by the necessity for the diverse people of South Africa and the world to understand and appreciate the country’s struggle for liberation, The Freedom Park was born as a national and international icon of humanity and freedom. The Freedom Park, with its Garden of Remembrance, is located on a 52-hectare site on Salvokop Hill at the entrance into Tshwane (Pretoria) from Johannesburg.