The Australian Embassy project provides for the relocation of one of the most senior diplomatic posts from Bonn to Berlin following German reunification.
The Embassy occupies two heritage buildings which have been restored and adapted for modern use. The Chancery building, with its elaborate majolica facade shares an inner courtyard space with an earlier apartment building facing Markisches Ufer and the Spree Canal. The building incorporates residential apartments for senior diplomats. The embassy public functions are expressed as a modern glazed intervention to the street, and include a new glass encolsure for the central courtyard.
The adapative re-use of this building incoprorates highly energy efficient and environmentally sustainable design measures, meeting strict German codes.
Part of our challenge in designing the Embassy was to achieve the seamless and discrete integration of very high security measures designed to protect Embassy staff, residents and visitors.
Bates Smart worked in conjunction with our associated German architects Braun & Schlockermann. The project required extensive consultation with the Property Group in both Canberra and Berlin.