Norwegian Embassy in Kathmandu
by Kristin Jarmund Architects

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Norwegian architectural firm Kristin Jarmund Architects have completed a new building for the Norwegian Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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The 800 meter-squared building has a panoramic zig-zag window in the first-floor facade.

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The building was constructed using local materials and labour.

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The following information is from Kristin Jarmund Architects:

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The Norwegian Embassy in Nepal
by Kristin Jarmund Architects

The new Norwegian Embassy is to be built on the north end of the existing embassy site in the Patan part of Kathmandu.

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The building is integrated into the slope of the site, allowing plateaus of outdoor space to extend into the building. A south facing intimate patio is directly linked to the vestibule inside.

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The facade, facing the Himalayan Mountains, is architecturally expressed by an added volume, which raises above the main entrance of the otherwise single-storey building. This added volume contains - among other functions - the Ambassador's office and is accented by a dynamic zigzag panoramic window, which footprint makes a tribute to and reflects the Himalayas.

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The Embassy is constructed from local materials, with local labourers, and the intention is to integrate the building with the surrounding city texture.

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Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Building type: Representation and Offices (Consulate)
Project Scope: Full contract
Client: Statsbygg, The Directorate of Public Constuction and Property
Size: 800m2
Budget: 10 MILL. NOK
Schedule: Completed June 2008

  • gaque

    “intention to integrate with the surrounding city texture”–can we see a site plan or photos of the vicinity of the embassy? the reason i ask is almost every embassy i’ve ever seen is a beautiful pavilion surrounded by a tall, blank wall.

    otherwise, it has a very pleasant character. the in-construction photo is cool.

  • maxh hsbib

    I like the gate.

  • freedom

    In the tradition of Kahn’s Bangladesh building and Aalto’s Saynatsalo Hall.

    Site and Culture Specific!

  • qiushuai

    Very good

  • future

    i like zig zag window!!!!

  • Monk

    love it!

  • Subdivide

    It’s a beautiful building, but why… put a moat and a bridge in there… pretty ridiculous (and not uncommon in newer pavilions and courtyards. 1-meter wide moats… keeping fortresses safe since 2003. I’d rather see one of those amazing steel cable suspension bridges that allow Kathmandu people to walk across sludgy river banks around the city.

  • cicada

    Just love the details. This building is like a song singing in a peace beautiful melody. zigzag. love it!

  • Lite

    “i like the gate” – lol

  • atomant

    i actually like the rickety ramp going down better :D

  • floyd landis

    Why does the window zig-zag? If you are going to f-up the view you should have a good reason.

  • Gabs

    now this is some architecture

  • Alisdair

    I doubt those large window formats fucks up the view. the metaphor is not overdone. This is a very nice building.

  • Yeti in Kathmandu

    ‘Integrating the building with the surrounding city texture’??? Thats bull…I know coz I am from Kathmandu. Yes the design nonetheless looks good…

  • nepalikagaj

    none of the photos or drawing have the site in them, that's site specific, is it?
    i think this building could be plonked anywhere. where's the narrative?
    i mean the building looks all right but what has it got to do with Kathmandu?

  • Cubasur

    Oooh.. don’t you just love how the 10 million NOK building seamlessly integrates with the surrounding.