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Netherlands Embassy / Claus en Kaan Architecten

  • Architects: Claus en Kaan Architecten
  • Location: Maputo, Mozambique
  • Project Team: Kees Kaan, Vincent Panhuysen, Dikkie Scipio, Valery Didelon, Sara Martin Camara, Patricia Medina Prieto, Hannes Ochmann, Kim Sneyders, Sibil Strauli, Pasquale Talerico
  • Client: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Housing Service Abroad, The Hague
  • Area: 2573.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2004
  • Photographs: Christian Richters

© Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters

© Christian Richters
© Christian Richters

From the architect. The Dutch embassy in Mozambique is located close to the ocean and just outside the centre of the country’s capital, Maputo. The building has been pushed to the edge of an orthogonal, gently sloping site so as to leave room for a walled garden.

© Christian Richters
© Christian Richters

Climatological considerations played an important role in the design. Since this is the southern hemisphere, the building opens up to the cooler south side while its north face is much more closed, designed to admit light while keeping the heat at bay.

Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan
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