BRIEF:

AIMS & OBJECTIVES

An embassy is the presence of a country in another country, with the main objective to represent the country's, or in this case, the region's interest, stimulate economic relationships, facilitate immigration and to promote the culture.

This brief has been put together using various resources, primarily an interview with the Ecuadorian Consul during the Berlin visit in November 2009, this included a tour of the embassy. Further helpful resources came from research and visits to various embassies in Berlin and personal experience.

Main reasons for building an Embassy for the Nations of the Tropical Andes in Berlin:

- Currently these nations do not have purpose built embassies and use rented accommodation in various office buildings in the city.
- They meet on a regular basis in Berlin to make decisions as a 'Collective Voice' or union of nations, allowing them to have a bigger influence on the political scene.
- They have strong links with Germany in the areas of trade, science, culture and education.
- They have an existing trading alliance (the Andean Pact).

The aim of the Embassy would be to create a platform to display these countries' historical, geographical and cultural identity. It will also bring attention to this area of the world and allow space for more engaging discussions on the trade that affects this region's environmental and economical stability.

ACCOMMODATION

Taking into account all these requirements and backed with the research from the previous chapters, the Embassy brief is split into two main parts: Private & Public and is arranged as follows:


PRIVATE - Accommodation for each Embassy:
Ambassador
Ambassador's Assistant
Consulate
Offices for the different departments: Trade, Environment, Press, Culture, Immigration
Various Meeting Rooms
Reception and waiting area
Staff dining with small kitchen
Toilets and shower facilities
Rooftop garden/terrace
Private – Shared between all countries:
Secure Car Park
Staff Dining Area
Large multi-purpose Conference Room

PUBLIC – Shared:
Visa/Passport Office
Café/Restaurant
Exhibition Space
Small Library

PRIVATE
The size of each embassy is based on staff requirements, the new embassies would accommodate double the number of staff currently working in Berlin. The main bulk of the accommodation is office and meeting space. Each department has a head attaché with assistants.
Due to the unstable nature of politics in South America a certain amount of flexibility is integrated into the private office areas to allow the number of staff to fluctuate according to the present and future state of politics.

 

PUBLIC
Apart from its diplomatic and official functions, an embassy has a very social aspect, which includes activities such as; receptions, cocktail parties, conferences and talks, all held on a regular basis. The Ecuadorian Consul in Berlin expressed a need for their own space where they are able to hold performances and film screenings as well as exhibitions for visiting artists, something they currently lack.
The Public areas hold functions with a wish to open up to the city and invite people in to learn more about the countries that these embassies represent. Part of the exhibition space would hold a permanent display on the formative cultures of South America as well as on the natural ecosystems and materials found in this region. The rest of the space would be used for temporary cultural exhibits.