Australian Embassy, Berlin
Wallstraße 76-79, Berlin, Germany
The Australian Embassy project in Germany provided for the relocation of one of the most senior diplomatic posts from Bonn to Berlin, following German reunification.
The Embassy occupies two heritage buildings, which have been restored and adapted for modern use. The Chancery building, with its elaborate majolica facade shares an inner courtyard space with an earlier apartment building facing Markisches Ufer and the Spree Canal. The building incorporates residential apartments for senior diplomats. The embassy public functions are expressed as a modern glazed intervention to the street, and include a new glass enclosure for the central courtyard.
The adaptive re-use of this building incorporates highly energy efficient and environmentally sustainable design measures, meeting strict German codes.
Part of the challenge in designing the Embassy was achieving the seamless and discrete integration of very high security measures designed to protect Embassy staff, residents and visitors.
Bates Smart worked in conjunction with our associated German architects Braun & Schlockermann. The project required extensive consultation with the Property Group in both Canberra and Berlin.