Canadian Ambassador‘s Residence
Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada
GFA app. 711 m²
Located in the city district of Berlin-Dahlem, the new Residence for the Canadian Ambassador to Germany reflects an important value in Canadian life: living in harmony with the natural environment. Given the historic neighbourhood context, respect for the traditional Dahlem dwelling is central to the design for Canada´s official residence.
Built to showcase Canadian building technology, the architecture is shaped by the dialogue between solid masonry walls and light wood frame construction.
Wood is the main structural element of the house above grade, permitting a fast and economical assembly. In addition exposed wood elements reveal the architectural character of the building.
Materials selection reflects natural wood and stone, a fusion of German and Canadian aesthetics, and respect for the surrounding neighbourhood and its architectural vernacular.
The residence’s presents a functional distribution of representational spaces, located on the ground floor. The Ambassador’s private living quarters are located on the second floor.
The interiors face the open space of the formal garden – the Canada Garden –establishing a strong relationship between internal spaces and natural environment. Cedar lattice and fir framed windows and doors permit a gentle transition between the architectural and natural environments.