Saturday, June 21, 2008

A Bar in Asmara

Bar, AsmaraThis is a great building. Virtually no decoration but a fantastic overall shape. The curved front could be the bow of a ship.

A thin eyebrow running aroun the whole building provides shade for the windows along the side but it is interesting to see a second eyebrow just above the two front windows.

Giuseppe Arata deigned the building in 1936 an it was built on the course of the Mai Bela River so the comparison with a ship is quite appropriate.

Today the ground floor is used as a bar with the area at the front providing a shaded seating area for customers to enjoy a cool beer.

Asmara: Africa's Secret Modernist City~ Edward Denison, Guang Yu Ren & Naigzy Gebremedhim

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