Embassy of France and French Institute in Jakarta by Segond-Guyon Architectes

Embassy of France and French Institute

Embassy of France and French Institute
Photo © Jerome Ricolleau

French Embassy is established in Jakarta since 1975, along the prestigious avenue of Jalan Thamrin. Project of the new diplomatic campus comes from the will to bring together all diplomatic and cultural French services in Jakarta, at a single location.

Embassy of France and French Institute
Photo © Jerome Ricolleau

The campus is located between many skyscrapers and a major Highway. Despite its small scale as a five-storey building, the campus is affirming itself as a signal with two recognizable volumes.

Embassy of France and French Institute
Photo © Jerome Ricolleau

In this messy urban context, the building is setting apart thanks to its singular and homogeneous materiality. The project aims to provide a simple, clear readable architecture.

Embassy of France and French Institute
Photo © Jerome Ricolleau

Programmatic entities are: Chancellery; economic, military and cultural missions; French Institute. This gathering improves cohesion between all the services.

Embassy of France and French Institute
Photo © Jerome Ricolleau

Even if each entity operates independently, they are all arranged around patios, circulation space, voids, and other common spaces, that bringing entities together.

Embassy of France and French Institute
Photo © Jerome Ricolleau

By solving urban, functional and safety issues, the project was designed as a clear expression of organization principles.

Embassy of France and French Institute
Photo © Jerome Ricolleau

A two level pedestal fills all the buildable area. It includes spaces often open to the public, as the Embassy controlled zone, and French Institute main facilities (Auditorium, library and café).

Embassy of France and French Institute
Photo © Jerome Ricolleau

The pedestal is covered with volcanic stones, and two large indentations point out the both separate entrances, one to Embassy and another to Institute. These particular emphasize the sense of mass.

Embassy of France and French Institute
Photo © Jerome Ricolleau

Placed on the pedestal, two volumes are rising: one of Chancellery and another of Institute offices. About materiality, there is an important contrast between darkness of pedestal volcanic stones, and clearness of the two volumes on top.

Embassy of France and French Institute
Photo © Jerome Ricolleau

To be appropriate from the safety and accessibility point of view, the Chancellery volume is protected with a lacquered and perforated aluminum sheet, which provides shadows, confidentiality and security. Source by Jerome Ricolleau.

Embassy of France and French Institute
Photo © Jerome Ricolleau

Location: Jl.M.H. Thamrin n°20 / Jakarta Pusat 10 350, Indonesia
Architects: Segond-Guyon Architectes
Local Architect: Atelier 6 International
MEP engineer: MTC (French) / Metakom Pranata (Indonesian)
Structure engineer: Atelier 6 Struktur
Landscape architect: Frédéric Reynaud
Sustainable development engineer: Greenbuilding
Contractor: Vinci Grands Projets / NKE
Area: 5 600 m2
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jerome Ricolleau

Embassy of France and French Institute
Photo © Jerome Ricolleau
Embassy of France and French Institute
Photo © Jerome Ricolleau
Embassy of France and French Institute
Photo © Jerome Ricolleau
Embassy of France and French Institute
Photo © Jerome Ricolleau
Embassy of France and French Institute
Photo © Jerome Ricolleau
Embassy of France and French Institute
Photo © Jerome Ricolleau
Embassy of France and French Institute
Photo © Jerome Ricolleau
Embassy of France and French Institute
Photo © Jerome Ricolleau
Embassy of France and French Institute
Photo © Jerome Ricolleau
Embassy of France and French Institute
Photo © Jerome Ricolleau
Embassy of France and French Institute
Photo © Jerome Ricolleau
Embassy of France and French Institute
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Embassy of France and French Institute
Site Plan
Embassy of France and French Institute
Ground Floor Plan
Embassy of France and French Institute
Level 03 Floor Plan
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