Netherlands Embassy Mozambique

Location
Maputo, MZ
Client
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Initiated
1999
Completion
2004
Size
2.510sqm
Project Team, Photos & Collaborators
Valery Didelon, Sara Martin Camara, Kees Kaan, Patricia Medina Prieto, Hannes Ochmann, Vincent Panhuysen, Dikkie Scipio, Kim Sneyders, Sibil Strauli, Pasquale Talerico

Photos
Christian Richters

The Netherlands Embassy in Mozambique is located in Maputo. The building has been situated on the edges of a rectangular site and looks at an open garden surrounded by light columns and filled with flamboyant trees generating a natural roof. The embassy faces South, allowing light but not heat, as climatological considerations played a large part in the design.
The building and enclosing walls are conceived as a rough concrete monolith from which a part has been removed to create an opening and space for the garden. The embassy lies on the other side of the filigree steel frame of a veranda, a motif derived from the Portuguese colonial architecture.
The building consists of a rectangular volume with offices on the garden side, facilities in a central zone, and a two-storey circulation zone along the south wall. The rough concrete of the exterior recurs in the floor and roof, and a wooden box lies as an independent element.