Paris Australian Embassy, Architect, Building, Photos, Design, Project, Images
Australian Embassy Paris, France
Rue Jean Rey Building, Parisian Architecture – design by Harry Seidler, architect
4 Mar 2011
Australian Embassy Building in Paris
Date built: 1978
Architects: Harry Seidler, with Marcel Breuer and Pier Luigi Nervi
The Australian Embassy in Paris is situated in the heart of the French capital, on Rue Jean Rey overlooking the palisades of the Seine and located a mere 400 metres west of the Eiffel Tower.
Work started on the Australian Embassy Paris in 1973.
The distinctively modernist embassy, and several pieces of its original furniture, was designed by Australian architect Harry Seidler, with Marcel Breuer and Pier Luigi Nervi being consulting designers.
Like many of Seidler’s other works, the Embassy was built from precast modularised concrete, with a quartz and granite faced exterior and prestressed precast floors.
The embassy is situated on a triangular shaped block, and comprises a pair of nine-storey quadrant shaped buildings.
The two acutely curved buildings are positioned to avoid contact with each other (think of an “S” being formed from the arcs of two semicircles), to maximise views of the river and the city. Together the buildings follow the axes of the Champ de Mars.
One building houses the chancery, Australia’s permanent missions to UNESCO and the OECD, and additional office space now leased out; the other contains 34 staff apartments.
The Australian Embassy in Paris was completed in 1977 and formally opened in 1978.
UNESCO Space for Contemplation
Tadao Ando Architects
picture © Rebecca Breun
Rotunda building by Tadao Ando, one of the world’s most famous architects in his typical style of simple fare-faced concrete.
Maison de L’UNESCO / UNESCO Building, Paris VIIe
Date built: 1958
Marcel Breuer with Pier Luigi Nervi
Location: Rue Jean Rey, Paris, France
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