As part of a competition, a new headquarter was to be built for the Awash Insurance Company, which would not only be the company's head office but also a representation of the company. We wanted to visualise this in our design from the outside as well. The Awash, one of the largest and most famous rivers in Ethiopia, gives its name to AIC and stands for "being in the flow", growth and development. This guiding principle led us to the idea for our design.
Glazed panorama elevators on the west side of the tower provide access to the individual office floors. Through the glass, one can enjoy the unobstructed view towards the city centre during the ride. Every lift ride becomes an experience when the cabin "breaks through" the ceiling of the shopping centre and one moves along the tower into the sky.
Light and flowing
Metallic blue iridescent vertical fins reinforce the twist on the tower and emphasise the design, which is reminiscent of water. Both the facade of the tower and parts of the podium facade are cladded and fully glazed. They give the tower a uniform and light effect. Prominent coloured vertical profiles follow a gradient pattern. They give the tower a changing appearance as you pass by and can be illuminated at night.