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GERJI MICRO APARTMENTS   ADDIS ABABA, ET  (COMPLETED 2017)

This apartment building is located in a quiet neighbourhood in the south of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, close to the International Bole airport. The client, a coffee producing company asked for a contemporary approach to solve the increasing difficulties in the rental market in AA for its employees; providing secure homes for employees, thirteen individually designed micro-apartments ranging 12 to 68 sqm were composed - all with papyros and endemic plant selected gardens, common water-saving washing facilities, a shared roof top with sports facilities, and shared parking. Extended back up systems for power+water cuts are provided, as water access is sporadic and - depending on the season can sometimes fail for several days; a thermal collector is placed on the roof top to allow for energy independent hot water during day and night. The electricity system is divided into “normal” and “safe” use, making sure 2 sockets, fridge and emergency lighting works in times of no / little access. Most external materials are locally produced, including recycled bricks from demolished houses, the interior cupboards, beds and furniture are designed and manufactured locally. Specific technical furniture ( lighting, kitchens and sanitary objects are imported to ensure quality and longevity. Design team: Julia Mauser, Brook Teklehaimanot, Mike W. Negatu Contractor: Mafer plc Structure: Michael Kebede

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