Did you know that the Embassy of Finland is open for visitation monthly? Book your place on a tour to catch a glimpse of this unique piece of architecture!
The Finnish embassy building stands out among other embassies on Massachusetts Avenue with its simple yet dramatic exterior. The building, designed by Mikko Heikkinen and Markku Komonen and inaugurated in 1994, mirrors the Finnish identity in many ways.
The ideal of transparency, which is highly valued in Finnish society, is exemplified by the many wide-open spaces inside the building and the visibility to the outside through the large glass surfaces. Similarly, it is no coincidence that the embassy building of a nation full of nature-lovers has been built in the midst of the trees of Normanstone Park.
Respect for nature also shows in the small decisions made inside the building. The steps the Embassy has taken to protect the environment in its day-to-day operations has not gone unnoticed, either. In 2010, this stunning building became the first among all the Washington D.C. embassies to receive a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Currently the Embassy is the only Platinum LEED embassy building in the U.S. This year begins the process for renewing the prestigious LEED status. The Embassy is strongly committed to maintaining its place among the green embassies.
If you wish to take a look at what the building holds inside, the Embassy of Finland warmly welcomes all those interested to come for a tour. It is a perfect opportunity for all friends of Finland and architecture enthusiasts.
Open tours are held on average every month and depending on our events schedule, we can also accommodate private tours for groups around 20-30 people on request.
You can get more information on how to book your spot on a tour here. The next tour will be held on March 15 – we hope to see you there!