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Dutch Ambassador’s Residence

Dirk Jan Postel

The Dutch Ambassador’s residence in Beijing houses three functions: representation, plant and services, and private residence. The relatively large site (4220 m²) allowed the creation of a single-storey building with separate direct access to each function. As a result, the embassy’s official sector does not encroach upon the private quarters.
Design typology is that of a large, luxurious detached house. There are two wings: one containing meeting and dining rooms, and services, the other occupied by the private residence. Each wing overlooks a separate section of the grounds. Between the two, a winter garden offers a permanent representation of nature – a reminder of the special Dutch talent for growing things under glass, especially useful in the extreme climate of Beijing.
A large entrance gives access to the official functions part of the building, with a direct view...

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