[Kristin Jarmund Architects] The Norwegian Embassy in Nepal

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

The Norwegian Embassy in Nepal

by Kristin Jarmund Architects


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


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


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


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



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