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Rem Koolhaas/OMA

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Rem Koolhaas/OMA's new Dutch Embassy has opened on the bank of the Spree in central Berlin, coinciding with an exhibition of 10 years of OMA's projects at Mies'Neue Staatsgalerie.

The building will provide 5,000m2 of office space for the Dutch Embassy and 900m2 for the Dutch-German Chamber of Commerce. It also provides residential accommodation for the embassy staff.

Koolhaas based the building around a theme of 'trajectory', creating ramped vehicle access up to the rear of the building, which continues within as a ramped circulation route that climbs through the building.All the communal functions are placed in or adjoining this route, providing views of the exterior and the surrounding environment.

Counsellor for cultural affairs George Lawson said the building is 'a real treat' to work and live in, a deliberate search for something special to counter the reputation of the Dutch for always 'acting normal'.

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