The Felleshus / Pan Nordic Building, which is open to the public,
combines the security, working and representation functions of all five
embassies. The house also serves as central passageway to the embassies.
The name »Felleshus« (Danish) denotes the sense the building
imbues and what it is used for – a house for all, a house in which to
meet and interact. The Felleshus has an auditorium for concerts,
readings, film viewings and conferences, exhibition spaces, conference
rooms, a spacious terrace and a public canteen.
The facade of
the building is panelled with maple wood. The entrance opens up in the
form of a centrally placed glass front as high as the building. The
glass-roofed entrance hall spans all floors and is flanked by slender
columns. On the second floor an extensive exhibition area and the
terrace open up. On the next floor is the Nordic canteen.
walls and columns in the Felleshus are made of exposed concrete.
Complementing this, the use of maple wood imparts a warm, bright
atmosphere. The floor is of light-coloured Swedish marble. The building
is the public space for the entire complex and presents a functional,
modern and inviting ambience to visitors.
Embassy Complex: The Concept
between countries and political alliances in Northern Europe have a
long history. Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden comprise the
so-called Nordic Region and have a common representation of interests in
the Nordic Council (since 1952) and in the Nordic Council of Ministers
After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the German
Parliament's resolution to relocate the capital from Bonn to Berlin, the
often considered idea of a common Nordic embassy complex was able to be
realised. The vision of five national embassy office buildings with one
common building open to the public, the Felleshus / Pan Nordic
Building, enclosed by a band of copper, corresponded to the fundamental
idea of individual freedom, combined with a feeling of unity.
almost 230 metres long and 15 metres broad copper band is the
distinguishing feature of the design of Berger and Parkkinen. It
consists of approximately 4,000 pre-patinated lamellas and gives the
complex a unified appearance from the outside.
The area inside
the copper band, the plaza, is transected by geometric lines. The area
within these lines forms the plaza, and the sides of the four
intersecting lane strips are defined by the sides of the buildings. The
lane strips form streets between the individual embassy buildings. Three
water basins between the buildings are an architectural reference to
the connecting seas between the Nordic countries. The embassy buildings,
in turn, are grouped to correspond to the arrangement of the countries
on the map.