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Franco-German Embassy in Dhaka / Stephane Paumier Architects

Franco-German Embassy in Dhaka / Stephane Paumier Architects

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Embassy  · 
Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Stephane Paumier Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    6635.0 m2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Acor, Goldbach Kirchner, Guidotti, Hormann, Ligman, Toto, Trilux
  • Lead Architects

    Stéphane Paumier, Atika Jain, Ashwin Bhargava, Sagarika Suri, Gayatri Eshwaran, Gargi Roy, Chinmay Kumar Mohanta, Hugo Badia-Berger
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  • Other Participants

    Ministère des Affaires étrangères, Government of the French Republic, Synthesis Architects, National Development Engineers, Axis Consultants, Gazi & Associates, Utility Professionals, Beteb, Arnaud Hug, Stephane Tissinier
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Text description provided by the architects. The common ambition of the Franco-German embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh presented itself as a strong opportunity for the design team to display the theme of duality and unity in a single building. This synergy between the two nations led to proposing a formal concept of permanent growth. The double DNA like spiral represents the dynamic relationship of France and Germany as the ‘political and economic engine' of modern Europe.

Site Plan
Site Plan

The program is a combination of a common base for the reception, section issuing the Schengen visa, security services, technical support, and parking, but identified chanceries, French and German ambassadors and separate IT services. From this 'common ground' emerged the tower to express duality. One of the constraints on the 8000 sq.m. square plot was a large set back from all sides to mitigate the possible effect of a bomb blast on the road; leaving a low rise ground level in contact with the street for the visa section and technical areas, and a tower with diplomats. That became a de-facto medieval castle with the boundary wall playing the rampart.

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Concept Diagram
Concept Diagram
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The resulting garden is divided as a Char-Bagh in the tradition of Moghul gardens). This concept opened the possibility of a formal arrival court for the officials and cars followed by a ‘court d’honneur’ after the drop off porch for the diplomats and ambassadors, a ‘terrace de café’ for the café outdoor extension for casual events by the cultural service and the trade commission’s café du commerce towards the school courtyard and the formal garden for receptions, cocktails, garden parties, and national day celebrations.

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Brick Details
Brick Details

The diplomatic area of Baridhara is a lush green enclave of low rise embassies within large gardens, in the best tradition of Dhaka of the 60s that was a garden city. In this neighborhood are remarkable buildings like the British High Commission, the US Embassy, and the Korean Embassy. Most are made of exposed brick, the best of its kind in South Asia- silky rich red bricks from the delta. We felt the great opportunity to blend in the texture of the city while being different at the same time. In this scheme, there is no front-back, no left-right, and no top-bottom segregation. Every entity gets its equal share of exposure on all sides; the continuity is ensured by two continuous stairs facing each other around the atrium.

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Section 1
Section 1
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Address: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address.
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Cite: "Franco-German Embassy in Dhaka / Stephane Paumier Architects" 29 Sep 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/902828/franco-german-embassy-in-dhaka-stephane-paumier-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884
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达卡法德联合大使馆 / Stephane Paumier Architects

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