Paris Australian Embassy, Architect, Harry Seidler Building in France, Photos, Design, Project, Images

Australian Embassy Paris, France

Rue Jean Rey Building, Parisian Architecture – design by Harry Seidler, architect

4 Mar 2011

Australian Embassy Building in Paris

Date built: 1978
Architects: Harry Seidler, with Marcel Breuer and Pier Luigi Nervi

Address: 4 Rue Jean Rey, 75015 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 40 59 33 00

Australian Embassy Paris Building
photo received 7 Jan 2013

The Australian Embassy in Paris is situated in the heart of the French capital, on Rue Jean Rey overlooking the palisades of the Seine and located a mere 400 metres west of the Eiffel Tower.

Australian Embassy Paris Australian Embassy France Australian Embassy Paris Building by Harry Seidler architect Australian Embassy Building Paris
pictures © Rebecca Breun

Work started on the Australian Embassy Paris in 1973.

The distinctively modernist embassy, and several pieces of its original furniture, was designed by Australian architect Harry Seidler, with Marcel Breuer and Pier Luigi Nervi being consulting designers.

Like many of Seidler’s other works, the Embassy was built from precast modularised concrete, with a quartz and granite faced exterior and prestressed precast floors.

The embassy is situated on a triangular shaped block, and comprises a pair of nine-storey quadrant shaped buildings.

The two acutely curved buildings are positioned to avoid contact with each other (think of an “S” being formed from the arcs of two semicircles), to maximise views of the river and the city. Together the buildings follow the axes of the Champ de Mars.

Photo taken on 20 Oct 2011, The Australian Embassy in Paris on the left:
Building on Quai Branly
photograph © Adrian Welch

One building houses the chancery, Australia’s permanent missions to UNESCO and the OECD, and additional office space now leased out; the other contains 34 staff apartments.

The Australian Embassy in Paris was completed in 1977 and formally opened in 1978.

Adjacent building:

UNESCO Space for Contemplation
Design: Tadao Ando Architects, Japan
UN Building Paris
picture © Rebecca Breun
Rotunda building by Tadao Ando, one of the world’s most famous architects in his typical style of simple fare-faced concrete.

Maison de L’UNESCO / UNESCO Building, Paris VIIe
Date built: 1958
Design: Marcel Breuer with Pier Luigi Nervi

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