Embassy of Brazil Roof Works, Yarralumla, ACT

role Architecture value $350,000 area 560m² completion date October 2012 client Embassy of Brazil

peckvonhartel was engaged by the Embassy of the Republic of Brazil to conduct remediation and upgrade works to their existing Embassy building in Canberra. This involved the repair and refurbishment of a failed membrane roof and all affected internal spaces.

The affected roof covered the main entry and foyer as well as the primary function room and a large entertaining space with grand views across Lake Burley Griffin. This area formed the most visible and prominent street frontage of the building. Furthermore, the roof was directly overlooked from the office of the Ambassador.

Given these critical aspects, the Embassy sought an architectural design which provided a long term solution to the failed roof whilst retaining the unique architectural character of the building and preserving the seamless connection of the building to its sloping landscaped surrounds.

peckvonhartel responded to the delicate nature of the brief by providing a new low profile metal deck roof over the existing membrane roof, fanning around to cover the complex geometry of the membrane roof and surrounding parapets. The new roof was fixed to the existing roof structure, whilst the roof’s design allowed the new works to inconspicuously remain below the visual line of the parapet from street level. This resulted in a robust and cost effective architectural response which allows the Embassy of the Republic of Brazil to continue to operate in its normal ‘front of house’ day to day operations, as well as to host events and functions in the future.