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German embassy Mexico - construction of a new embassy building

2002 – 2006

The integration and interpretation of local building styles and traditions and the use of regional materials signify a reference to the context; this is a key feature of the European architectural tradition and a central theme of the German embassy in Mexico City.
The embassy building is developed around three courtyards. All working areas overlook these courtyards, and with their enclosing walls they form part of the enclosing wall around the plot – a feature which is necessary in view of the security requirements for modern embassy buildings. Whereas the courtyard facades and surfaces are clad with a light-coloured, marble-like natural stone, the ends of the building use a red lava stone which is commonly used locally.

Limited realisation competition 1st prize 2002
Team Patric Eckstein, Juergen Rustler

Client Auswärtiges Amt

Start of planning – completion 2003 – 2006

For performance phases 2 – 9 General planner

Total costs €6.1m

Usable floor area 1,200 sqm

Design team Hanns Ziegler (project management), Juergen Rustler, Elke Sparmann, Oliver Kampmann, Martina Eissler, Julia Renfer | Construction management Birgit Knicker (site supervision), Michael Schmid, Helga Blocksdorf, Manuela Jochheim | Contact architects Nuño, Mac Gregor y de Buen, Mexiko City (Site supervision)

Landscape architects Levin Monsigny, Berlin
Artistic work Renate Wolff, Leipzig


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