Interior for the Netherlands embassy in Madrid, seated in the Torre Espacio designed by Pei Cobb Freed & partners, which also accommodates the UK embassy and is the second highest building in Spain with its 57 storeys and height of 236 m. The Netherlands diplomatic post occupies the 36th and 37th floors. At this height, the tower has a lenslike, oval form that seems to issue selfevidently from the quadrangular basis below. As a consequence, the floor plans have many curved lines.
The 36th storey is largely reserved for public services, while the 37th is primarily filled with offices and meeting rooms. In accordance with cepezed interior’s particular preference for daylight, long sightlines and spatial experience, the embassy boasts a high degree of transparency. The greater part of the partitioning walls is made of transparent glass. In the more open office zones, the workplaces are only separated by cabinets. The offices have a panoramic view out across the city and surrounding region, even from the heart of the ellipse. Both storeys have been allocated a neutral colour scheme: the ceilings and most fixed walls are white, while the floors have been finished with a stylish, dark natural stone.
Similar to other embassies of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the branch in Madrid is also filled with much art and furniture of Dutch origin. On the 37th floor, one meeting room even contains a complete art wall, consisting of a partitioning element with various sizes and shapes of Pastoe cabinets that simultaneously function as a socle for diverse artworks. There is a pantry on the other side of the art wall. cepezed designed the interior of the embassy in close cooperation with the art and interior design consultants of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.