Nordic Embassies

Berlin, Germany

New buildings for the Embassies of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and pan Nordic building in Berlin

Completion 1999
Size: GFA 15.008 sqm
Client: The countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden represented by Statens Fastighetsverk, Stockholm
Architects:
Ensemble and Felleshuis: Berger Parkkinen, Vienna
Embassy of Denmark: 3 x Nielsen, Århus
Embassy of Finnland: VIIVA, Helsinki
Embassy of Iceland: P. Kristmundsson, Reykjavik
Embassy of Norway: Snøhetta, Oslo
Embassy of Sweden: Wingårdh, Stockholm

Local architect and site supervision: Pysall Ruge Architekten

Embassies of the Nordic Countries

The common embassy area of the five Nordic countries in Berlin-Tiergarten is a symbol of a Europe growing ever closer. Political and cultural differences, as well as national interests, are united in favour of the overriding idea of a pan-Nordic representation of interests.

Architecturally celebrated by a curved copper band, surrounding all the embassies, the countries appear to the outside as an ensemble and create a powerful Nordic landmark, in which each single country is represented by an embassy characteristic of that land.

The task of our office was the realization of the very different designs from each country with regard to architecture and building standards, and consisted in detail of the building permit applications, completion of the construction documents, the invitation of tenders, awarding of contracts and site supervision for the whole project, and specifically for each embassy.