Mexican Embassy

Address: Klingelhöferstrasse 3 | BERLIN | Germany
Latitude/Longitude: 52.5081, 13.3512

The project was the winner of a competition in 1997, where 8 architectural firms participated. The building is located in the central part of Berlin, near the Tiergarten. The intention was to create a building with an unmistakable image and unforgettable in the urban memory. It gives a changeable image of solidity and transparency, with a dynamic effect depending on the position of the viewer. It creates a monumentality, lightness and transparency game, that tries to express the Mexican reality.

The most striking feature of this building is the entrance facade: an 18-metre-high screen, consisting of 40 partly inclined pillars. Cast in white concrete with a content of marble chippings, these elements have a rough bush-hammered finish and are enclosed at the top and sides by a concrete framing structure. Behind this outer layer, a glass facade extends over the full height of the building, allowing views into the interior. From the entrance, visitors proceed to a circular atrium, the visible surfaces of which are also in the white concrete that is characteristic of this building. The atrium space forms the centre of the embassy complex and serves a variety of purposes. It isclosed at the top onone side by a sunken roof garden.

⇒ Architecture Guide to BERLIN