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7:3 law

We take a stance of respecting the traditional, inheriting 70% of what is old and adding only 30% of what is new.
The 30% here can be summed up in three elements.

1. glass blocks brought from Japan were piled up on the masonry walls to form high side windows, bringing light into the space.
2. the beam structure supporting the roof was made as simple as possible.
3. we re-edited the traditional woven ceiling, referring to a 500-year-old church that is a world heritage site.

With these three design edits, the interior space has changed dramatically.


Value Reorganization

In this way, an old Japanese house and an Ethiopian roundhouse that had been abandoned were reborn as the Japanese and Ethiopian pavilions of the Ethiopian Millennium Pavilion.
By relocating disused architecture to a different social and cultural environment, and adding 30% new design, a “re-editing of values” was created through a fusion of tradition and innovation.



Two cultures meet.

The “Ethiopian Millennium Pavilion” is a place where the cultures of Japan and Ethiopia meet and where new activities are born.
It is operated as a social and cultural facility for exchange programs between the two countries, performing arts such as music and dance, and related exhibitions and sales.

In architecture, it is necessary to consider not only the construction of hardware but also the assembly of software (culture).
There is value even in things that have been abandoned.
Using the method of relocation, this project realized a new way of architecture that is neither global nor regional.



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