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Embassy of Iraq in Oslo, Zaid Bin Talib, Oslo School of Architecture and Design, solar power, rainwater harvesting, rain water, solar panels, photovoltaics, student work

The intersecting swirls of Zaid Bin Talib’s Embassy of Iraq in Oslo create an interesting play of animated forms. The skin provides gradual and discrete connections between different parts of the building. The two polarized swirls create a continuous and, at times elongated circulation path.

Serving as an urban sculpture, the overall shape of the building gestures towards the open spaces on the west side of the site. The north façade is mostly closed and functions as a buffer against traffic noise. Access, openings and views are oriented towards the east and shielded from winter winds.

The undulating roof is covered with photovoltaics and it harvests rainwater to irrigate the surrounding vegetation. The openings are glazed with high-performance glass that reduces glare and provides views and shading.

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