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Fentress’ Norwegian Embassy restoration is a testament to the country’s unique design heritage

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Fentress Architects’ AIA chapter award-winning Chancery restoration project for the Embassy of Norway has officially opened to the public, representing a first for the 42-year-old Denver-based firm.

Situated between the official Vice Presidential Residence and National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.’s Embassy Row neighborhood, the project’s scope entailed the restoration of an original structure from 1905 in addition to a 30,000-square-foot expansion aimed at making the complex more sustainable, modern, and accessible.

Fentress' Norwegian Embassy restoration is a testament to the country's unique design heritage

Photo: © Alan Karchmer / OTTO

The firm says this was all done along the guiding Norwegian principles of Handlekraft (vigor), Arbeidsglede (joy of work), Profesjonalitet (professionalism), and Åpenhet (openness).

Fentress' Norwegian Embassy restoration is a testament to the country's unique design heritage

Photo: © Alan Karchmer / OTTO

Per Fentress: “The result is a transformed Chancery comprised of three elements: a stone shell, a cocoon, and a copper-clad mass timber hull. The mass and forms of the limestone-clad stone shell are deliberately segmented and scaled …

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