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Passport to security

When Munich practice Betz Architects designed the German Embassy in Belgravia in the 1970s, security was not a major issue. The corner site, in Chesham Place, slopes steeply down to a mews at the rear and Betz took advantage of this by scooping out a double-height central well which greets you as you enter the embassy at upper ground level. A gallery running around the perimeter of the well leads to administration offices. The space below, meanwhile, is the visa section which, thanks ...

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