Embassy of Ireland Ambassador’s Residence

Yarralumla, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

The Ambassador’s residence provides the main reception facilities for the Irish embassy as well as the private residence for the ambassador and family as well as visiting dignitaries.

The design of the new residence responds to the strong aesthetic simplicity and proportions of the earlier chancery building designed by Philip Cox in 1966, while projecting an image of Ireland today – prosperous, productive and innovative.

White gable ends to simple, steep-pitched grey-tiled roof forms fringed with extended horizontal verandahs and pergolas form the predominant aesthetic and expand on the original Irish farm vernacular.

Horizontal white walls extend out to define the various outdoor spaces required whilst carefully providing privacy and security, particularly between the residence, the chancellery, and the formal entrance to the site.

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State Award for Residential Architecture – Houses, RAIA ACT 2004

Irish Ambassador's Residence
Project Status
Completed, 2002-2003
Key Consultants
Rogers & Jefferies, Rudds Consulting Engineers, THCS
Contractor / Builder
Project Coordination
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