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- LocationWashington, DC
- General ContractorWhiting Turner
- ArchitectFentress Architects
- Property OwnerNorwegian Embassy
The 30,000 square foot expansion and renovation of the Royal Norwegian Chancery will act as the front door of Norway, offering a glimpse into Norwegian culture while providing a hospitable and professional environment for meetings, Consular services, and cultural exchange.
Originally constructed in 1977, the Chancery grounds also house the historic Ambassador’s Residence. The expansion and renovation will pay homage to Norway’s rich history by incorporating architectural features inspired by the country’s traditions of woodworking, shipbuilding and fisheries, with their rich natural resources including copper, oil and gas.
A Norwegian spruce mass timber structure with glazed walls for indoor-outdoor experience, Oppdal stone walls, and a patinated copper mansard and entrance will welcome visitors to the Chancery. The façade will blend architectural features with the building’s existing elements to harmonize contemporary architecture with neo-classical design. The garden restoration will link the Residence and Chancery and complement the entrance. A limestone wall on the northern end of the building will create a distinctive edge between the diplomatic buildings and adjacent residential neighborhood, while the expansive curtainwall system on the southern and eastern sides of the façade will maximize daylight and views to the garden.