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Netherlands Embassy / KAAN Architecten

  • 01:00 - 20 September, 2013
Netherlands Embassy / KAAN Architecten
Netherlands Embassy / KAAN Architecten, © Christian Richters
© Christian Richters

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  • Architects

  • 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

  • Photographs

© Christian Richters
© Christian Richters

Text description provided by the architects. 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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Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address.
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Cite: "Netherlands Embassy / KAAN Architecten" 20 Sep 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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