The old Somali parliament was constructed in the 1970s. At that time, Somalia was a Soviet client state i.e. the architecture of the building clearly shows the sense of socialist public architecture. Its massive plan, triangular shaped with cut corners, occupied most the lot among the Old Parliament Rd, Jidka Shire Warsame, Corso Somalia and Piazza Quattro Novembre.bIt was a 2-story building covered in bricks and tower that overlooked on the Monument of the unknown soldier. Indeed, it had a great impact into defining the urban fabric of the city.

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The architectural composition of the whole building followed the principle of symmetry. The “ideal” axe of symmetry can be traced by imagining a line that cuts in the middle the tower and goes perpendicularly to the other side. For this reason, all the facades looked the same.

The accesses of the building, marked by stairwells, were placed in the corners of the façades. The North and South entrances were probably the official ones: they were characterized by an imposing doorway framed by a bossage and decorated on the top by a cornice made of stone. The door was then surmounted by a rectangular window decorated by semi-circle pediment with downward facing molding. The reduction of the heaviness due to the brick façade was possible thanks to two tall blind windows. The entrance on the west side, instead, was less monumental: it had a regular door in the middle and two smaller doors on the sides. The façades were scanned by a series of openings: on the first level there were windows with a semi-circle pediment; the ones on the second level had a baroque pediment, with an ellipse raised on the upper part; it was supported by a flat plate.

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The tower was located in the east façade, it was 15 meters high and had 2 small openings in all four sides. On the top, it was crowned by an open gallery. The building’s perception from the outside, given by its particular shape and the materiality of the bricks, was in contraposition to the lightness of the interior i.e. the massive geometry was broken by two plastered patios. Today the building is destroyed. The structure of the tower and a small part of the walls in the west side are still visible.

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Here at Somali Architecture we have recreated this iconic building once served the Mogadishu Parliament and uploaded online so people can view it online and we have re-rendered to give it a touch of modern touch to it, for generations, buildings that have disappeared in the real world can be preserved for future generations.

© Huda Hassan

© Huda Hassan

© Huda Hassan

© Huda Hassan

Editor: Madina Scacchi

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