Embassy of Finland
The Finnish Embassy on Massachusetts Avenue was designed by Heikkinen-Komonen in 1994 and is an emblem of Scandinavian design. It is an elegant example of utilitarian minimalism utilizing raw unfinished materials to achieve a refined and poetic composition. The un-ordained granite walls on the East and West of the building rely on the material’s own natural luster for there beauty. The North and South walls are constructed of glass and translucent glass block with an integrated steel grid supporting the growth of vines that act as a regulating system for solar exposure and heat gain.
The building was meant to be a clear statement of Finnish identity and is considered by Architectural Review to be the “best new building in Washington in the past 50 years.” For some background, look up the work of twentieth century modernist Finnish architect Alvar Aalto, who has richly influenced the architecture of the region.
For interior shots, see this post: