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Embassy of Finland - Embassy of Finland, Washington - Consulate Generals of Finland, New York, Los Angeles : Embassy in Washington, D.C. : Tour the Embassy

EMBASSY OF FINLAND, Washington, D.C.
CONSULATES GENERAL OF FINLAND, New York and Los Angeles

  • Embassy of Finland, Washington
    Tel. +1-202-298 5800, sanomat.was@formin.fi
  • Consulate General of Finland, New York
    Tel. +1-212-750 4400, consulate.nyc@formin.fi
  • Consulate General of Finland, Los Angeles
    Tel. +1-310-203 9903, sanomat.los@formin.fi
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Embassy of Finland

An architectural landmark on Embassy Row

Embassy View from TerraceThe Finnish Embassy is the first embassy in the United States to receive the LEED certification for green buildings.

The Finnish Embassy, located across from the Vice President's residence on Massachusetts Avenue in Washington D.C., captures the spirit of Finland. Its materials are both age-old and contemporary, its design is as new as a cottage in the woods. It is a memory bank, a treasure chest of the essence of Finnish culture without the triteness of stereotypes.

Stairs to Finland HallA harmonious blend of copper and wood greets the visitor in the embassy's Finland Hall.

The embassy has been embraced by the Washington DC community not only as a Finnish cultural center, but also as a host and venue of choice for functions and events that benefit the entire community and widen the contacts between the embassy and American society. In 2008, the building was the first embassy in the United States to receive the Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR for superior energy efficiency. In January 2010, the building became the first embassy in the United States to be awarded the U.S. Green Building Council's prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certificate for green buildings.

SkylightAbundant natural light gleams in through the skylight windows.

The architects created a multi-purpose space for both large and small receptions, for sit-down dinners and buffets, for concerts and art exhibitions. The building is equipped with perfect acoustics, needed when recording music performances, and state-of- the-art audiovisual facilities for showing movies, and connecting with Finland live on video conferences.

Modest, reserved and quiet, the building is a lot like the people it represents: underneath its polite exterior is a sophisticated and passionate soul. The embassy is a refreshing exercise in understatement with a combination of boldness, self-confidence and simplicity.

Glass TerraceThe Finland Hall offers a versatile space for conferences, art exhibitions and concerts.

In the center of the building the 60-foot high Grand Canyon draws light down into the multipurpose Finland Hall, reached down a curved stairway following the contour of the sloped site. A row of stars from the night, an arc of bright, tiny lights suspended form above, echoes the gracious curve of the stairs.

In the ceiling above, lights, supported only by their wiring, from an elegant Constructivist composition. This industrial aesthetic of exposed wires and suspension cables is reinforced by large stainless steel towers for services at either end of the Grand Canyon.

Embassy StaircaseThe giant copper cubes that house conference rooms are suspended from the ceiling.

The two other giant cubes, sheathed in copper and serving as conference rooms, are suspended from the roof. By the simplest of means, the architects have accomplished a breathtaking result: a combination of modern industrial power with the dazzling splendor of a gilded ceiling in a Baroque palace of three hundred years ago.

Beyond the Grand Canyon, the other half of the Finland Hall is calmer: its white concrete columns are like metaphorical birch trees. An apparently seamless glass wall gives us a living mural of the woods, and the building assumes a supporting role to mother nature.

Embassy tours

The Embassy hosts an open tour once a month at 2pm. The tour takes approximately 45 minutes. Please register for the tour with the Embassy by 4:15pm the previous Friday at wasevents@formin.fi

The Embassy organizes tours also for groups, please contact us at wasevents@formin.fi if you want to schedule a tour for your group.

The future dates are as follows:

December 3, 2014

Our exhibitions are also open for public on most weekends. Please see our Calendar on the left for more information.

Welcome to the Embassy of Finland!

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Updated 11/3/2014


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