The French Embassy in Vienna, Georges-Paul Chedanne, 1901-4
The French Embassy in Vienna is located in a palace at Technikerstraße 4, just off Schwarzenbergplatz. I is that it is the only diplomatic representation in the world built in the Art Nouveau style.
The planning of the embassy building was begun in 1901 by the then respected Parisian architect Georges-Paul Chedanne, who had already won the Grand Prix de Rome a few years earlier in 1887. At that time, the French Foreign Ministry commissioned him with the task of creating a concept for the new embassy and carrying out the construction.
For the unusnual triangular plot, Chedanne designed a building that displays a magnificent façade towards Schwarzenbergplatz, but which is not interrupted by an entrance. Instead, he moved the main access to the embassy to the back of the building, where also - in an outbuilding in the "apex" of the triangle - the stables were built, which today serve as a press centre and garage.
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