On the weekend I was in Canberra, home of the Australian parliament and fabulous embassy architecture. I had not seen the Embassy of Finland before, and I must say that the design is quite beautiful. Designed as part of a competition by the Finnish architect Vesa Huttunen of Hirvonen-Huttunen, the building was completed in 2002.
The Embassy has many environmentally friendly features such as maximum use of natural daylight, controlled by features such as the louvres shown in the photo below. The construction also uses local and re-used timbers plus a geothermal heating and cooling system using pipes which are over 100 metres long.
© John Gollings. More photos here.
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