The chancery, the Norwegian
embassy in Kathmandu. Completed 2008.
See the presentation of the embassy here.

The chancery, the Norwegian embassy in Kathmandu. Completed 2008.
See the presentation of the embassy here.

The ambassador's residence. Elevation facing the consulate.

The ambassador's residence. View of the consulate from the residence.

Residence. Main courtyard.

Residence. Connection to courtyard.

Residence, upper level. View of courtyard.

Residence. Representation rooms, ground floor. The carpets were made by local craftsmen.

Residence. Representation rooms, ground floor.

Residence. Ambassador‘s apartments, first floor.

Residence. Main courtyard.

Site plan.

Site section.

Plan level 1, chancery.

Plan level 2, ground floor of residence.

Plan level 3, upper floor of residence.

The Norwegian Embassy in Kathmandu, also designed by Kristin Jarmund, was completed in 2008. The new residence forms part of the same complex, located behind and above the embassy on a terraced slope, with a view of the Himalayas.

The two-storey building has a square plan with a central atrium, and houses representational functions on the lower level with the ambassador’s private residence above. A sequence of clearly defined exterior spaces along a central axis tie the residence to the embassy. For security reasons, and the close proximity of neighbouring buildings, most rooms open onto the atrium of face the embassy wing. The house is surrounded by walls that also integrate guardrooms, service functions and staff quarters.

The materials reflect local constructions and combine slate cladding and rendered masonry. The atrium facades have travertine cladding. The main structure, earthquake proof, is in in-situ concrete. Shutters and exterior ceilings are in Nepalese timbers, salwood and sesau.

Interior architects: Linda Evensen Design Ltd.

The interior commission comprised furnishing the representation areas and designing the built-in kitchen and library elements, as well as the wardrobes of the private apartments. The furniture has been chosen to enhance the simplicity of the architecture, using Norwegian products where possible, and giving flexibility for both larger and smaller gatherings. Colours are inspired by Nepalese tradition and crafts, and the carpets were produced locally.