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Netherlands Embassy Berlin

The client (Netherlands Embassy, Berlin) demanded a solitary building, integrating requirements of conventional civil service security with Dutch openness. A continuous trajectory reaching all eight stories of the embassy shapes the building's internal communication.


Architecture-Page | Netherlands Embassy, Berlin, Germany by OMA
Night View: The brightly illuminated 'trajectory' that underpins the building's internal communication, ventilation system and its relationship to the city is clearly visible.

Project Details

  • Project: Netherlands Embassy Berlin
  • Status: Commission 1997, Completion 2003
  • Client: Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Dienst Gebouwen Buitenland, The Hague
  • Location: Berlin-Mitte, Rolandufer / Klosterstrae
  • Site: Facing street corner, park and riverfront
  • Principal: Rem Koolhaas
  • Project Architect: Michelle Howard, Gro Bonesmo, Erik Schotte (and Project Director)
  • Structure: Royal Haskoning / Arup Berlin
  • Services: Huygen Elwako / Arup Berlin
  • Lighting: OVI, Washington DC, Berlin


8,500m2: offices 4,800m2; housing 1,500m2; parking 2,200m2


European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award

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