Netherlands Embassy in Berlin
After Berlin again became the capital of Germany in 1991, the Netherlands Embassy found a temporary shelter in the Friedrichstrasse in 1999. The Dutch government had already decided to build a new embassy building. A building must be a symbol in all aspects of good relations between the Netherlands and Germany. We deliberately chose a location in Mitte, the historic center of Berlin. The embassy building is on the Spree and the Friedrichsgracht the only canal in Berlin. This canal was built in the 17th century by Dutch engineers. This unique waterfront location with special reflections and lighting effects, the location has an almost Dutch character.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague, chose in 2000 the concept of the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas of the architecture firm Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in Rotterdam. The design must not only meet the requirements of the client, but also to the strict planning conditions that the city of Berlin. OMA designed a building that was a reflection of the Netherlands as a country with an open and modern society. The freestanding glass cube stands for the Dutch sovereignty and openness. The office of Lensvelt to Dutch design developed specifically for the building.
The new building was officially opened on March 2, 2004 by the then Queen Beatrix. Also present were: the former Federal President Rau, former Federal President Von Weizsäcker and the two foreign ministers, Fischer and Bot.
Architects: OMA www.oma.eu
Photographer: Christian Richters.