Addis Ababa was founded in 1886 by Emperor Menilik. The earliest architecture built were churches of St. Mary and Raguel and Menelik’s palace.
Ankober was the original seat of Emperor Menilik. Some of the earliest architecture types of “Addis Ababa style” were first built in Ankober. Most of the builders were coming from Gondar and introduced new construction techniques.
Later on, after settling in Addis around Entoto, various architectural styles started emerging in Addis Ababa building architecture. Some of which are:
The Heavy Style
This architectural era was characterized by European influences of grand and solid looking buildings.
Addis Style (the Late 1800s To Early 1910)
Fanciful roof shapes, painted/decorated balconies and roofs is the main identification of buildings constructed in this era. The designs are said to be of Arabian and Indian influences
Italians during their brief period in Ethiopia have made lots of impacts in Addis Ababa’s Architecture as well as some of Ethiopia. This influence can be recognized by Abstract geometrical designs, Smooth plaster Light yellow and beige and shades of dark red to brown
The Italians also designed master plans for the city some of which are still being implemented.
European Influence From the 1960s To Now
New technologies like pile foundation, vibrated concrete, factory finished materials, use of cranes
Design factors functional requirements, adaptation to industrialized building methods.
This tradition has extended to the current time and buildings are still built with European design and discipline. A great example could be the Brand new home for sale in Addis around Sarbet. This apartment has been designed and built by experienced European professional. The common character of European design mentioned above is shown in the precise execution of every feature of the home.
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