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In 1991 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands decided to promote national architecture abroad. All over the world new embassies were realised by prominent Dutch architects.
The buildings not only marked the highly original outcome of Dutch architecture, but represented the modern approach of Dutch diplomacy as well. International critics wrote enthusiastically about this new line up of mission architecture and rewarded many of the designs with prices. In 2007 the embassy in Addis Ababa received the most prestigious one: the Aga Khan Award.
After 20 years the Dutch government stopped the project for economic and political reasons. The Ministry of Foreign affairs declared on April 8th 2011: “We will move away from the traditional image of an embassy as a building with a flag and a mission staff.”
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