New Canadian Embassy in Berlin, Germany (1994-2005)
Part of:
  • Cornelia Hahn Oberlander (landscape architect)
  • Cornelia Hahn Oberlander (archive creator)
  • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (architectural firm)

New Canadian Embassy in Berlin, Germany (1994-2005)



Level of archival description:
Extent and medium:
  • 0.28 l.m. of textual records
    141 reprographic copies
    22 photographic materials
    23 artefacts
Scope and content:
Project series documents Cornelia Hahn Oberlander's project of a roof garden for the New Canadian Embassy at Leipziger Platz in Berlin, Germany. Oberlander worked on this project in from 1999-2005 with architectural firm Kuwabara, Payne, McKenna, Blumberg Architects. Oberlander's work for the project included a terrace at the Ambassador's Level (6th floor) with mounded evergreen white flowering groundcover azaleas, cascading roses hanging along the Leipzigerstrasse facade, and a green roof on top of the building. The concept of the landscaping of the green roof was to represente Canada's land of the north in an abstract form, simulating the river system of the MacKenzie River in the Northwest Territories, linking Alberta to the Arctic Ocean. She used black-glass panels to represente the water. The drainage for the green roof was also connected the drainage infrastructure of the building to recycle the water collected from the roof.

The project series includes sketches and design development drawings for the green roof landscaping, planting details and irrigation details, presentation drawings from KPMB and drawings of the building used as reference. The project is also documented through research material, concept notes by Oberlander, correspondence, including with architects, consultants, contractors and clients, proposal, specifications, and press clippings about the project. The project series also includes sample of glass tiles used for the landscaping.
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Material in this project series was kept in its original order when it was first processed upon its arrival at CCA.

Berlin Germany

Related units of description:
  • For more documents on the Canadian Embassy project, see also the Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects fonds (AP056).

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