Danish Embassy

Danish Embassy

Architect
Henning Larsen
Location
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Project Year
1988
Category
Embassies

Danish Embassy

Henning Larsen as Architects

The Danish Embassy of Saudi Arabia includes chancellery and residential quarters in a small, separate complex. The building is Danish in style, the ochreous colouring and white corner ornamentations being rooted in Danish public building tradition.


At the same time, the complex is subject to Saudi building regulations and geared to local user needs and climatic conditions. The colour is also that of the desert sand.


The recognisable typical local interaction between external privacy and internal hospitality, is represented in the building’s general aspect and details alike. A hierarchy of inner and outer rooms is formed, offering varying degrees of privacy.


The ambassador’s residence opens up to a private atrium, which is separated from public areas on the embassy grounds. Visitors to the chancellery pass through a small oasis of palm trees into the double-height, octagonal central room where the embassy functions are located.

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