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Finnish Embassy in India

Reima and Raili Pietilä won the competition for the Finnish Embassy in 1963 with a beautiful and powerful competition entry called “Snow speaks on the mountains”. The project was commissioned and redesigned based on the original concept in 1980, and the building was finally opened in 1986 with the large single expanse of roof broken up into the six lateral separate buildings standing on the embassy compound today.

The renovation of this mythical masterpiece of Finnish modernism has brought this ingenious building back to its original glory. The project consisted of a complete overhaul of technical systems, some functional updates, as well as architectural restoration focusing on repairing misguided maintenance efforts.

Photo: Tuomas Uusheimo
Photo: Tuomas Uusheimo
Photo: Tuomas Uusheimo
Photo: Tuomas Uusheimo
Photo: Tuomas Uusheimo
Photo: Tuomas Uusheimo
Photo: Tuomas Uusheimo
Photo: Tuomas Uusheimo
Photo: Tuomas Uusheimo
Photo: Tuomas Uusheimo
Photo: Tuomas Uusheimo
Photo: Tuomas Uusheimo
Photo: Tuomas Uusheimo
Photo: Tuomas Uusheimo
Photo: Tuomas Uusheimo
Photo: Tuomas Uusheimo
Photo: Tuomas Uusheimo

NAME: Embassy of Finland, New Delhi

TYPE: Commission, 2013

STATUS: Completed, the embassy reopened in November 2018

LOCATION: New Delhi, India

CLIENT: Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

PROGRAM: Ambassador’s residence, chancery, staff apartments, gate buildings

TEAM: ALA partners Juho Grönholm, Antti Nousjoki, Janne Teräsvirta (until 2015) and Samuli Woolston with Simo Nuojua, Lotta Kindberg and Mirja Sillanpää

COLLABORATORS: Wise Group Finland (engineering), WSP Proko (project management), Annukka Pietilä (conservation)

ORIGINAL DESIGN: Raili & Reima Pietilä, 1986