MAPUTO 02

THE NORDIC EMBASSY, MOZAMBIQUE

The building is a streamlined monolith, subdivided into two independent embassy buildings with a common building between. A roof-height steel pergola underpins the concept of an overall entity and the joint facilities, which the users share: the library, meeting rooms, the canteen, and the kitchen.

In its materiality, volume, and window proportions, the building relates to the local climate. The white-painted walls encompass the three-winged terrace, which for the most part remains cool and shady. The brick tiles and the white-painted concrete walls are uncomplicated surfaces that are easy to maintain. The details around windows and doors, recesses and enclosures for privacy, and protection against the strong sunlight emerge naturally out of the overall simplicity of the building.

The Embassy building can be seen as a reinterpretation of the Modernist architectural legacy of the Portuguese architects who worked in the country in the 1950s and 1960s. At that time Mozambique witnessed a period of experimentation in the field of modern architecture, inspired by trends in Brazil.

The Embassy is the result of winning first prize in the competition for the establishment of the Embassy of Denmark, Norway, and Iceland in Mozambique.

Client
The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Statsbygg
Collaborators
EKJ A/S
Location
Maputo, Mozambique
Area
3,000 m²
Status
Realised in 2000
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