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BGI Castel Headquarters

A Symbol of Urban Renewal

Westway Architects

The project to build the headquarters of beer manufacturer BGI Castel in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, presented a dual challenge. On the one hand, the building had to project the image of a successful company that has helped drive the economic development of the country. On the other, the new architecture had to relate effectively with its context and provide an innovative thrust to urban renewal. Founded almost a century ago, BGI is an international brewery with several facilities and a well-known brand name throughout Ethiopia. The company has also recently entered the wine business.

After changes to its ownership structure in the wake of the very troubled history of this African country over the 20th Century, it is now creating a new headquarters, which must embody several symbolic features. It must...

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