Washington, DC's Most Beautiful Embassies

House of Sweden | Courtesy of House of Sweden
House of Sweden | Courtesy of House of Sweden

The District of Columbia is home to over 170 embassies and consulates, which play a significant part in they city’s architecture stories. Many of the embassies are on Embassy Row, and are gorgeous buildings that are unique and diverse in style, design, and aesthetic. While you will catch glimpses of many if you are walking around the city, here’s our list of some of the most beautiful embassies that should not be missed.

Finland

Building
Map View
Embassy of Finland
Embassy of Finland | Courtesy of Embassy of Finland
The first “green embassy” in the country, the LEED certified building is a prime example of form and functionality. Resembling a modern cabin in the woods, the building is nestled into Rock Creek Park, and is a demonstration of Finnish values in the workplace — lots of natural light, open areas, and a connection with nature. The back wall looking onto the park is glass, and also has a wooden deck and catwalk in the back area overlooking the picturesque landscape.

China

Building
Map View
Chinese Embassy
Chinese Embassy | Krokodyl/WiliCommons
The Chinese embassy building is synchronous with other major buildings in DC, and made of French limestone. It merges a contemporary look with Chinese design aesthetics and landscaping. A Chinese garden connects the two wings of the building.

House of Sweden

Building
Map View
House of Sweden
House of Sweden | ©runner30/WikiCommons
Home to the embassies of Sweden and Iceland, the House of Sweden is a super-modern building that overlooks the Potomac waterfront. It’s widely regarded as a prime example of Swedish architecture and design, and won the prestigious Kasper Salin Prize for Best Building in 2007.

Indonesia

Building
Map View
Indonesian Embassy
Indonesian Embassy | ©MrTinDC/Flickr
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this 50-room mansion was originally constructed as a private residence for Evalyn Walsh Mclean, who was the last private owner of the Hope Diamond. The Beaux-Arts style building was also home to the Red Cross before Indonesia purchased it. A statue of Saraswati, Hindu goddess of knowledge and wisdom, is installed on the outside.

Cookies Policy

We and our partners use cookies to better understand your needs, improve performance and provide you with personalised content and advertisements. To allow us to provide a better and more tailored experience please click "OK"