Addis Ababa City Hall


The Addis Ababa city hall was one of the two projects, along with Africa Hall and the UNECA headquarters, designed to demonstrate, in the words of Emperor Haile Selassie, that it is possible to construct grand buildings in Ethiopia. By erecting a couple of high-profile structures. It was not their complexity or size that mattered, but the maximum possible use of home-produced materials, in order to shake the wealthy middle class from the inactivity that also binds it in the field of construction, and stimulate it to invest its assets in real estate at home.

The structure is situated at the northern end of Churchill Avenue, and is a direct consequence of the avenue's re-routing, sitting on top of a hill overlooking the thoroughfare. The structure features various spaces – the hall, boardroom, reception room, cinema-theatre, restaurant, 4 bars, library, and panoramic terrace – making it a social as well as an administrative centre.

The hall can host music concerts and other social events.

ETAddis Ababa, Ethiopia
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City Council of Addis Ababa
Profile added by Stanley Gazemba on 29 Jul 2015