Detail View: Architecture and Urban Planning Collection: Finnish Embassy in Washington D.C.

Work Record ID: 
3019
Reproduction Record ID: 
3019
Work Class: 
Architecture
Work Type: 
embassies
Title: 
Finnish Embassy in Washington D.C.
Title Type: 
preferred
Material: 
glass (material)
Material Type: 
medium
Material: 
bronze (metal)
Material Type: 
medium
Material: 
wood and wood products
Material Type: 
medium
Creator: 
Heikkinen and Komonen, active 1990s-present
Creator Dates: 
1990-2008
Creator Nationality: 
Finnish
Creator Type: 
personal
Creator Role: 
architect
Date: 
1990
Date Type: 
creation
Location: 
Washington (D.C.)
Location Type: 
site
Location: 
3301 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington D.C.
Style Period: 
Postmodern
Culture: 
American
Culture: 
Finnish
Subject: 
embassies
Subject: 
flat roofs
Subject: 
Washington (D.C.)
Description: 
"Located at 3301 Massachusetts Avenue, the Finnish Embassy occupies a site previously inhabited by a 1950s Federal-style mansion. Designed by the Finnish architectural team of Mikko Heikkinen and Markku Komonen, the new embassy is surrounded by the embassies of Norway and Belgium; the Nunciature of the Holy See (Vatican); and the U.S. Naval Observatory. A bold steel-and-glass box nestled among its stately masonry neighbors, the Finnish Embassy maximizes an awkward, sloping site, condesnig offices, library, and ceremonial room within 4,750 square meters, one-third of which is devoted to parking. Its assemblage of glass block, green-tinted glass, patinated copper and bronze, and polished granite walls conceals a naturalistic haven created behind the building. Replete with natural light, the interior combines the precision of stainless steel nautical detailing with natural wood surfaces. Heikkinen and Komonen's design epitomizes Finland's Modern traditions."
Information Source: 
Sulivan, Ann G. "New Embassies Open in Washington, D.C." Architecture, September 1994. V. 93. N.9. 28-29.
Reproduction Creator: 
Larson, Jerry
Reproduction Creator Type: 
donor
Reproduction Date: 
2007
Reproduction Date Type: 
creation
Reproduction View: 
Detail of windows
Reproduction View Type: 
detail view
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