Design/Completion 1973-1977

Quai Branly, Paris 15

The Australian Government

26,000 m 2

Precast concrete, quartz & granite faced structure
prestressed precast floors

With the Eiffel Tower a mere 400 metres away, the Embassy site overlooks the river palisades with its tree lined parks, the Palais de Chaillot and the famous landmarks of central Paris visible in the distance.

Two buildings were planned; the Chancellery, housing Australia’s diplomatic missions to France, OECD and UNESCO with the Ambassador’s apartment and reception spaces on the top floor and a residential apartment building containing 34 units of various sizes for some of the Australian diplomats and their families.

The design of the two opposing quadrant shaped buildings relate to the axes of the Champ de Mars. The resulting concave and convex building facades take maximum advantage of the magnificent views.