Awash Bank Picks Design Champs for Trio of BranchesWinning designs for Hawassa (left), Balcha Aba Nefso (centre), and Bulbula (right), branches, were all selected as winners by jury members based on criteria that included urban context, site use, and representation of Awash
The first private bank to construct its own headquarters, Awash International Bank (AIB), selected three designs for branches to be located in Addis Abeba and Hawassa, Southern Regional State on Thursday, December 8, 2011.
During a ceremony at the Hilton Hotel, the winning designs for the branches to be constructed around Bole Bulbula, Balcha Aba Nefso, and Hawassa, 273km south of the capital, were selected out of 14 entries. A total of six companies took part in the competition.
Gereta Consult, MH Engineering, and Yohannes Abay Plc, competed for all three branch designs, while Zeleke Belay Plc and Age Plc each submitted designs for the Hawassa and Balcha Aba Nefso sites. Studio 7 Architects Plc limited itself to one, competing for the Bole Bulbula design only.
Participating for only one design may have helped Studio 7, as its design for the Bole Bulbula branch, near Kadisco Paint Factory in Nifas Silk Lafto District was selected. Zeleke Belay Plc was selected for the Balcha Aba Nefso branch, opposite from Lideta Cathedral Church in Lideta District, while MH Engineering was selected for the branch in the Arada area of Hawassa. They all received 50,000 Br awards.