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Australian Embassy Plans Flashy New Chancery on Massachusetts Avenue

by UrbanTurf Staff

Australian Embassy Plans Flashy New Chancery on Massachusetts Avenue: Figure 1
Rendering of eastern facade from 16th Street.

Australia has big new plans for a new chancery at the site of its current Massachusetts Avenue building.

Australian Embassy Plans Flashy New Chancery on Massachusetts Avenue: Figure 2
Rendering of entry and southern facade of new building.

Plans filed with the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) this week reveal that the Commonwealth of Australia is proposing to raze its existing chancery at 1601 Massachusetts Avenue NW and replace it with a new building that will include office space, conference and meeting rooms, consular services, and accessory space. The new building’s height, density, and lot occupancy “will be generally consistent with that of the existing chancery building,” per the BZA filing. The Australian architecture firm Bates Smart designed the proposed building.

Australian Embassy Plans Flashy New Chancery on Massachusetts Avenue: Figure 3
The current Australia chancery as seen from 16th Street.

The new chancery will relocate the entry to the existing parking garage along Massachusetts Avenue to the public alley. The main entrance to the building will be located on Massachusetts Avenue, there will be a light well at the southwest corner of the building that will include a landscaped cascading water feature, and the building’s roof will feature solar panels and a green roof.

The new proposal will go before the BZA in the coming months.

This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/australian_embassy_plans_for_flashy_new_building_on_massachusetts_avenue/12684

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