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Embassy of Switzerland

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By moving to a (now) renovated and extended 1960s villa, once the residence of the Norwegian ambassador, the Embassy of Switzerland in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) has relocated to a less congested, more accessible district of the capital. Transforming a former private residence into a diplomatic seat, symbol of a country’s values and a centre for international cooperation programmes and services to the public, required a finely tuned architectural programme. The existing building, one of the most noteworthy on the local scene, has a series of assertive characteristics. A low horizontal volume with a regularly sectioned frontage, it is surrounded by luxuriant grounds. The functional reconversion programme adopted a twofold strategy. First, the pre-existing villa was left untouched, even if renovated with the addition of state-of-the-art technologies compatible with its...

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