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New interpretations of teritoriality in architecture : the Dutch Embassy in Berlin

Yavuz, Fatih
In this study, it is aimed to relate architecture with the changing definitions of territory. In this context, the research will focus on the issue of “in-between”, where the boundaries between public and private domains are blurred in the modern world. The Dutch Embassy in Berlin designed by OMA / Rem Koolhaas is built upon a creative redefinition of blurring boundaries between ‘public’ and ‘private’. Given the fact that the Embassy is a diplomatic structure for which the safety factor is one of the most important design criteria, how Koolhaas interprets the idea of openness, of transparency, modernity which are meant to symbolize the Netherlands, will be studied in this research.