The Icelandic Embassy
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.
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.
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
Local Architect and Site Supervision:
Pysall Ruge Architekten
Icelandic Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Last updated: December 19, 2013
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