Nigerian Chancery

The proactive and conscientious nature of the Clark field staff kept field coordination issues to a minimum and ensured that the quality of the finished construction was commensurate for a building that is the symbol of an emerging democratic nation.
Lawrence Di Pietra, Project Manager/Owner Representative, Shalom Baranes Architects
Location: 
Washington, D.C.
Client: 
Federal Republic of Nigeria
Architect: 
Shalom Baranes Associates
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Contract Value: 
$11,600,000
Size: 
70,000 Square Feet
Year Completed: 
2001

The Nigerian Chancery is the Washington, D.C., home base for diplomats and visitors from Nigeria. The building's complex geometry makes it a striking addition to Washington, D.C.'s Van Ness neighborhood.

The Nigerian Chancery is organized around a skylit central atrium, in a hierarchy of spaces from public to private. Two stone elements, one curvilinear and the other angular, anchor the atrium. Wood-clad concrete columns rise through the atrium to support the roof structure. The stone elements, detailed in French limestone, are connected by a light architectural screen composed of wood and metal sitting on a stone base.

Two sets of double doors lead visitors to a security checkpoint and into a larger, radiused atrium, with skylights supported by steel trusses. Stone walls blended with curtain wall lend both light and drama to the main lobby. French limestone was used to construct the interior walls, along with African mahogany paneling and veneer plaster.

In addition to office and meeting space, the Nigerian Chancery includes below-grade parking for 90 vehicles.

Awards: 
ABC Metro Washington Chapter - Excellence in Construction Award, Commercial $10-20 million
AIA Washington Chapter - Award of Excellence in Architecture
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