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: 2,573 sqm
Photographs: 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.
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.