EMBASSIES AND GOVERNMENTAL DISTRICT The
fact that Berlin was elected new capital of Germany in 1991 not only
created the need for several new governmental offices. Also a lot of
foreign countries had to accommodate their ambassadors around the new
centre of political power. Some nations could make use of old buildings
which they already possessed. But many countries chose to build new
embassies. Next to all the new foreign embassies also the sixteen
German federal states are represented with new architecture.
It can be considered quite unique that so many countries had to choose
for an appropriate way to present themselves architecturally at the
same moment. Most of the new embassies are situated in the
neighbourhood of the Tiergarten park. Other diplomatic missions can be
found all over the city, such as the new Dutch embassy by Rem Koolhaas.
Also Unter den Linden is a good address for foreign representatives.
(These ambassies can be visited during other tours such as "'East Berlin")
The buildings with which the countries present themselves, vary a lot
in architecture and expression towards the public. They all together
form a magnificent collection of architecture styles, inspired by their
very own culture as well as the location of Berlin.
designed by Diener + Diener (Switzerland), Hans Hollein (Austria),
Berger + Parkkinen, VIIVA Arkkitehtuuri Oy, Wingardh Arkitektkontor,
Snøhetta, Palmar Kristmundsson, 3x Nielsen (Nordic ambassies), Petzinka