The Icelandic Embassy
Palmar Kristmundsson

January 06, 2000 /

Berlin, Germany

Photo: Christian Richters

The Icelandic Embassy is situated in the western part of the embassies' premises and borders on the copper band, which surrounds all of the Nordic Embassies.

The building symbolizes the rough nature of Iceland and makes a reference to Icelandic building tradition. It consists of a two-part rectangle structure with a glass atrium in the middle. The two types of natural stone, in contrast with each other, create a convincing interplay with the copper-wall.

The five-story front block that contain the embassy offices is clad with red ryolite which, depending on the rays of the sun, reveals a splendid play of colors. The four-story rear block is clad with wave-formed, sandblasted concrete panels, which are reminiscent of corrugated iron, a typical building material used in Iceland. Both parts of the building have grass-covered roofs.

Photo: Christian Richters

The glassed atrium looks out to the copper band and a pool of water which visually connects the Icelandic and Danish Embassies. The floor of the atrium is covered with black lava slabs which are illuminated from below with red light.

Photo: Christian Richters

Photo: Christian Richter

The materials for the façade, the natural stone floors, the maple parquet and the interior decoration made of differently treated larch and maple wood originate from Iceland.

Facts about The Icelandic Embassy

Total area:

467 m2
Palmár Kristmundsson

Project Team:

Pálmar Kristmundsson
Birgir Teitsson
Haraldur Ingvarsson
Sindri Gunnarsson


IGH Engineers

Local Architect and Site Supervision:

Pysall Ruge Architekten


Icelandic Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Last updated: December 19, 2013

See also

Copyright 1999 - 2017 arcspace all rights reserved.