Tintenpalast

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Tintenpalast in Windhoek

The Tintenpalast (German for "Ink Palace") is the seat of both chambers of the Parliament of Namibia, the National Council and the National Assembly. It is located in the Namibian capital of Windhoek.

The Tintenpalast, which is located just north of Robert Mugabe Avenue, was designed by German architect Gottlieb Redecker with Neoclassical front façade and built by the company Sander & Kock between 1912 and 1913 out of regional materials as an administration building for the German government, which colonized Namibia at the time.[1] The building project used forced labour by Herero and Nama people who, having survived the Herero and Namaqua genocide, had been placed in concentration camps.[2][3]

Tintenpalast with Parliament Gardens

The building was opened on 12 April 1913.[1] As an allusion to the large ink usage by the workers in the building, it was named "Tintenpalast" or "Ink Palace".[4] When Namibia achieved its independence in 1990, the Tintenpalast became the seat of the National Assembly.[1]

Due to a change to the Constitution in 2014, the number of parliamentarians increased significantly. As a result, there have been calls for a bigger parliament building, since many parliamentarians and support staff are not able to be housed in the Tintenpalast.[5] Moses Ndjarakana argues that the "structure and shape of the Chamber is not conducive to a House of the People" and that the "current state of affairs with regard to office space" is "miserable and undesirable as it contributes to an ineffective service delivery system."[1]

The Tintenpalast is surrounded by the Parliament Gardens which is very popular among the inhabitants of Windhoek.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Ndjarakana, Moses (19 March 2014). "In defence of the Parliament (National Assembly) Building". Windhoek Observer. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  2. ^ Katjavivi, Jane (2010). Undisciplined Heart. African Books Collective. p. 69. ISBN 9781920397043. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  3. ^ The Colonising Camera: Photographs in the Making of Namibian History. Juta and Company Ltd. 1998. p. 119. ISBN 9781919713229. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Namibia Tourist Attractions and Sightseeing". World Guides. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  5. ^ Muraranganda, Elvis (18 May 2016). "NA spends N$4.3 million on offices for MPs". New Era. Retrieved 15 October 2016.

Coordinates: 22°34′00″S 17°05′21″E / 22.5666°S 17.0893°E / -22.5666; 17.0893