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Canadian Embassy

Location:
Warsaw, Poland
Client:
Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
Completion:
2001
Associate Architect:
Ozimek & Pawlik Architects (Warsaw)

Polish Association of Architects, Publically Funded Buildings Category, 2002

Best Public Building, City of Warsaw, Mayor's Award for Architecture, 2002

Best Buliding of the Year, Polish Business News, 2001

The recipient of three prestigious design awards and recognized as one of Warsaw’s best new buildings in 2001, the design of the Canadian Embassy balances openness and transparency while maintaining a high level of security. Interior features include a full-height skylit lobby at the main consular entrance and a double-height, multi-purpose event space at ground level, with walkout access to a terrace and shaded garden. The exterior is clad in French limestone with a glazed curtain wall of anodized silver mullions and pre-finished aluminum panels. The three-storey facility more than doubled the size of the outdated Chancery building it replaced, expanding the Embassy’s space to 3,350 m². The desire to promote greater commercial and cultural exchange between Canada and Poland inspired the transparency that dominates the two public façades, both facing busy streets. A strong sense of openness permeates the publicly accessible areas on the ground floor, with progressively more stringent security measures incorporated towards the interior of the building. Advanced physical and electronic security features are fully integrated into all aspects of the building design.