Canada House

Berlin, Germany

Embassy of Canada with rental offices, retail area and residential spaces as PPP-project

Completion 2006
Size: GFA 19.820 sqm
Client: Hannover Leasing GmbH
Architect: KGS Joint Venture Architects, Toronto with Pysall Ruge von Matt Architekten
Photos: Kanadische Botschaft Berlin, Matthias Matschewski
The Canada House at the Leipziger Platz can be seen as a cultural bridge between Canada and Germany.
Large window surfaces and clear-cut Canadian Tyndall Stone coming from Manitoba make the very welcoming building stand out in a row of new buildings.

The reception area of the Embassy is located on the Leipziger Platz, and is characterized by a water garden with a one and a half storey high waterfall.

A composition of forms, the cylinder-shaped Timber hall, the Canada Lounge on the ground floor and the Conference Room above, and the two storey high Auditorium, connect the foyer with a public passage. Here located shops and offices are occupied by Canadian enterprises, and together with the Embassy, represent “a piece of Canada” in Berlin.

The Canada House is a PPP-project (Public Private Partnership). The office of Foreign Affairs Canada with their embassy in Germany is main tenant, Hannover Leasing the private investor. Others rent other parts of the building -high quality office spaces, retail area and flats.

The task of our office was the optimisation planning to fulfil the German building codes, to generate more efficient use and square meters of the site, to reduce the building costs by keeping the same quality standards and to prepare full execution documents followed up by the artistic site supervision.