One of the defining elements of the new Swiss embassy in Cameroon is its walled setting. A key project leitmotif is walls in the form of tiers. Using this architectural device, the surrounding wall is integrated into the overall concept of the building complex.
Walls running from north to south create alternating interior and exterior spaces with a pavilion-like structure. This sequence of spaces establishes assignable spatial qualities. The alternating indoor and outdoor areas and the associated varying light mood and atmosphere create spatial sequences which are full of suspense. The compound’s generous dimensions convey a sense of expansiveness and depth.
The compound represents values which are concomitant with Switzerland and Swiss architectural culture: security, strength, calmness, precision and openness. The atmosphere is determined by the serenity and presence of the walls which accompany and guide visitors through the building.