Built to house the administration of German South-West Africa in 1912–13, the Tintenpalast (Ink Palace) gained its enduring sobriquet through reference to the copious amounts of ink used in bureaucratic paperwork. Successive governments have occupied the two-storey structure, which accommodates both the National Assembly (lower chamber) and the National Council (upper chamber) that make up Namibia’s parliament.

The restrained, elegant design was the work of Gottlieb Redecker, the same architect-engineer who had earlier planned the Christuskirche, but the parliament building stands out because it was constructed almost entirely out of locally sourced materials.

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