addis ababa: starchitecture in ethiopia

new york-based fxfowle architects designed a futuristic mix-used complex that’s going to be a first for the ethiopian capital addis ababa. the design of the addis ababa exhibition center is inspired by the city name itself [meaning ‘new flower’] and aesthetically parallels the organic and emergent qualities of a flower orienting itself to the sun. while the two towers look outward, they remain grounded and connected through the low-rise structure. pieces of colored glass that adhere to the curtain wall system compliment the materials used in the various buildings that surround the site, giving each building a reflective effect. the addis ababa exhibition center complex measures over 70,000 sqm., includes retail, food + beverage amenities, office space, cultural + entertainment facilities plus a business hotel, and is scheduled for completion in 2011. location: meskel square south [downtown]. © fxfowle architects