Though the building itself has changed to reflect modern requirements, this was a homecoming of sorts – the site on 34th Street has a long history, having hosted the Embassy since 1931. Employees moved to Georgetown’s K Street in 2019 so that renovation could begin.
The finished Chancery was designed by Fentress Architects. Statsbygg, the Norwegian Directorate of Public Construction and Property, asked Fentress to incorporate Norwegian style and resources into the project. The end result includes a spruce mass timber structure, a patinated copper mansard, and an updated garden that connects the Chancery to the Ambassador’s Residence. Its architecture evokes Norwegian traditions of importance, such as shipbuilding and woodworking. The building is also fully accessible under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The Embassy looks forward to sharing the renovation with the public in the months and years to come.