The Manser Practice reveals new CGI’s of German Embassy in Ethiopia as it starts on site

The Manser Practice has revealed images for the refurbishment and extension of the German Embassy complex in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The project started on site this week, on time.

Architecture and interior design studio The Manser Practice won an international competition in 2019 to design the German Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The practice, which is working alongside BDP Engineers and local practice MGM, saw off competition from five other shortlisted practices, including four German practices, to win the £25m contract.

At 7,500 ft and located in the highlands of central Ethiopia, Addis Ababa is the world’s third highest capital city. The competition was launched in November 2018 and sought designs for a new visa consular building and diplomatic residences, as well as rebuilding parts of the embassy grounds including improvements to the entrances to the compound and the ambassador’s residence.

The Manser Practice’s winning entry focusses on sustainable, environmentally-friendly buildings designed for the Ethiopian climate. There will be a concentration on local skills, materials and products, and an emphasis on avoiding – where possible – European equipment requiring subsequent maintenance from Europe, making the compound significantly more self-sufficient. The new designs will unify the buildings across the site, contributing a local flavour and context but with echoes of European detailing.



Jonathan Manser, CEO of The Manser Practice said:

“We have worked extensively to find creative answers that work for the existing fabric of the site, as well as utilise the best of local craftsmanship to create a unified vision across the entirety of the embassy grounds. Our focus on sustainability and local craftmanship means that we are prioritising native materials and techniques, including thrown concrete and white marble, of which offcuts will be repurposed into terrazzo flooring.”

The Manser Practice has wide ranging diplomatic and government experience in Africa and the Middle East including the British Embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe, the British Council in Pakistan and the British Council in Freetown, Sierra Leon, alongside the diplomatic mission in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania for the E.E.C. Germany, The UK and the Netherlands, which they worked on in collaboration with BDP Engineers.

The work on site is starting as scheduled, with the buildings of the first phase to be operational after 12 months. The anticipated completion date for the overall project is 2028.