"Through careful siting and inventive use of
local materials the New British High Commission is able to take
advantage of passive environmental control strategies, providing
a model for responsive architecture that learns from the past with
integrity and never descends into pastiche."
Catherine Slessor, 'Diplomatic
Service'. The Architectural Review, July 1997
The building is clad in solid stone with deep
window reveals and a heavy structure to avoid the need for air conditioning.
The locally quarried stone was worked with exceptional craftsmanship
on site to achieve very fine (1mm) dry joints between courses. The
landscaping was designed in collaboration with Melanie Schwenke,
a local soft landscaping consultant, and Kate Whiteford, an artist
whose work has included a number of landscape / site pieces. (Contract