The Tintenpalast is the seat of both chambers of the Namibia
Namibia, officially the Republic of Namibia , is a country in southern Africa whose western border is the Atlantic Ocean. It shares land borders with Angola and Zambia to the north, Botswana to the east and South Africa to the south and east. It gained independence from South Africa on 21 March...

n legislature
A legislature is a kind of deliberative assembly with the power to pass, amend, and repeal laws. The law created by a legislature is called legislation or statutory law. In addition to enacting laws, legislatures usually have exclusive authority to raise or lower taxes and adopt the budget and...

, the National Council
National Council of Namibia
The National Council of Namibia is the upper chamber of the country's bicameral Parliament.The 26 National Council members are chosen by regional councils, which are directly elected for a term of six-years. Each of the 13 regional councils chooses two of its members to serve on the National Council...

 and the National Assembly
National Assembly of Namibia
The National Assembly of Namibia is the lower chamber of the country's bicameral Parliament. It has a total of 78 members. 72 members are directly elected through a system of party-list proportional representation and serve five-year terms. Six additional members are appointed by the President.The...

. It is located in the Namibian capital of Windhoek
Windhoek is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Namibia. It is located in central Namibia in the Khomas Highland plateau area, at around above sea level. The 2001 census determined Windhoek's population was 233,529...


The Tintenpalast, which is located just north of Robert Mugabe
Robert Mugabe
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, was designed by German
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 architect Gottlieb Redecker
Gottlieb Redecker
Gottlieb Wilhelm Eduard Redecker was a German engineer and architect in South West Africa. He was responsible for a number of important buildings which still stand today in Namibia, particularly in Windhoek, including the national assembly building, the Tintenpalast.-Life:Gottlieb Redecker was the...

 and built by the company Sander & Kock between 1912 and 1913 out of regional materials as an administration building for the German
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 government, which colonized
German South-West Africa
German South West Africa was a colony of Germany from 1884 until 1915, when it was taken over by South Africa and administered as South West Africa, finally becoming Namibia in 1990...

 Namibia at the time. As an allusion to the large ink usage by the workers in the building, it was named "Tintenpalast" or "Ink Palace". The building is surrounded by the Parliament Gardens
Parliament Gardens
Parliament Gardens is a small park in downtown Windhoek, Namibia. Located between the Tintenpalast and the Christuskirche, the Gardens, designed by Windhoek based landscape architect Hugo Stössel were built in 1932 and is a popular attraction for both tourists and Windhoek residents....

which is very popular among the inhabitants of Windhoek.
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