Embassy of Portugal in Berlin
Ministério dos Negócios Estrangeiros
inês lobo - arquitectos, Lda
The Portuguese Embassy will be built in the Tiergarten in Berlin. The architecture features large uninterrupted spans and internally large spaces in the order of 30 metres by 30 metres. Working with Lisbon based architect Inês Lobo, the project team had to comply with all the requirements of the German building regulations. These vary considerably from the national ones, principally due to the more extreme climate.
Significant differences are most evident in various aspects of the water engineering. In spite of a high water table, pumping down of the groundwater level is not permitted. This meant the basement structures had to be designed as water retaining structures.
The roofs and the roof outlets are heated to prevent snow build up and frozen drain pipes. In the hot water supply secondary heating, by electric wires, is used on the longer runs.