Collection by Allie Weiss

Modern Renovation of the South African Embassy in D.C.


Davis Brody Bond—a firm responsible for a number of prestigious cultural building projects, including the 9/11 Memorial Museum and the forthcoming Frick Collection expansion in New York—recently completed a subtle but tasteful renovation of the South African Embassy in Washington D.C. The remodel updates two existing buildings with green features, joining them together with a three-story glass atrium.

The new structure joins and modernizes the existing Ambassador’s Residence, built in 1936, and the Chancery building,...
The interior of the new glass atrium.
The existing structures, built in the Dutch Cape style, received updated building systems, security, and general...
A modern hallway connects the Chancery and Residence buildings.
The renovation also added more public space to the complex in the form of a modern courtyard.