This single-family residence is located in the neighborhood of Old Airport in Addis Ababa. Its primary organization subverts the typical compound house typology which renders the building-as-island in the middle of a plot, casting the surrounding landscape as leftover space. Instead, the site is divided into five strips with varying widths and levels of porosity.

Site blocking.
Unfolded courtyard.

Each strip is composed of interior and exterior rooms that slip past and overlap with one another, bookended by segments of the compound wall that are instrumentalized as core components of the house. The zipper-like system creates five distinct gardens, equalizing the programmatic weight of the interior and exterior rooms.


Client: Private

Type: Single Family Residence

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Year: 2019

Area: 940 Sq m

Team: Jen Wood, Emanuel Admassu, Louna Bou Ghanem

Local Architect: Yema Architecture