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Slovenian Chancery and Ambassador’s Residence

Republic of Slovenia

Washington, DC

The four story building contains the chancery and ambassador’s residence for the Republic of Slovenia.  Situated off Massachusetts Ave., in Washington’s Embassy Row district, the building was the former Yugoslavian Embassy and was sold to Slovenia upon Yugoslavia’s break-up.  The 1960’s Soviet-era building had been vacant for a number of years and, when test fits were conducted, proved too large for the exclusive use of the Slovenian chancery offices.  After exploring several alternative scenarios, the scheme that was settled upon located both embassy offices and the Ambassador’s residence within the building.  The project budget was fixed based upon the sale price of the existing embassy and residential properties.

The scheme employs a variety of interventions to satisfy the building’s program.  The lower three floors contain chancery offices and support functions including a multi-purpose 100-seat reception room, serving kitchen, garage, visitor’s and staff apartments.  On the main floor, a new terrace addition provides an extension to the reception room and covers on-grade parking below.  The Ambassador’s four bedroom apartment is situated on the fourth floor.  A portion of the existing fourth floor was demolished to allow for the creation of a private roof terrace with a curtain-walled bay window projecting from the face of the building.  

With Powe Jones Architects
Structural Engineer:  Holbert Apple Associates
MEP Engineer:  Capitol Engineering
Civil Engineer:  AB Consultants
Landscape Architect:  Lee & Liu

General Contractor:  Monarc Construction

design:  2003

built:     2005