When I sat down and asked myself, 'where in the deco world will I go tonight?', my thoughts turned to Asmara. What was the name of the supermarket in Liberation Avenue? Reaching for my trustly Lonely Planet guidebook it automatically openned to the map of Asmara and I had my answer. Wikianos.
Wikianos Supermarket is in one corner of a large mixed residential/commercial building which takes up a whole block.
It was designed by Antonio Vitaliti and constructed in 1944. Quite late for an Italian building in Asmara.
The photo above shows the driveway entrance to the inner courtyard of the building. There are massive curved walls leading off the main street which are echoed in the windows on the balcony on the second storey.
To me the most interesting part of the building is the corners. The corner balconies are rounded as opposed to the right-angled roofline which cover them.
Lonely Planet, Ethiopia, Eritrea & Djibouti ~ Frances Lindsay Gordon, 1st Ed, November 2000