French embassy of Mexico city

general view of the embassydesign study of the interior hall between the embassy and the general public buildingone of the reception hallsthe general public buildingmain floor planstudies of the built-in furniture and technical ceilinginterior courtview from the avenue Campos Eliseosabandoned project on an earlier sitefacade detail


Data sheet

Client: French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Surface area: 16,850 m²
Construction costs: 30 million €
Delivery: 1995
Project architect: Jean-Pierre Vaysse
Associate architect: Eduardo Terrazas
Engineering: Marc Mimram, André Mizrahi, Janco Ingenieros, SETEC


Culture office
Technical and scientific center
Financial services Economic and Press office
Multipurpose room with 90 seats
Living accommodations 110 cars underground garage


The project

In order to adapt to the terrain’s topography, the embassy is composed of two buildings linked by an inner street.
The architectural unity allows for a direct understanding of the multiplicity of functions present in the building.
The main structure, with its prestigious thirteen-floor façade, houses on its first level the consulate’s public oriented services.
The reception hall, the culture and press offices, the multipurpose room and the embassy are located on the floors above.
The façade’s curvature opens unto Chapultepec Park.
The second part of the building, accessible to a larger public, consists of nine floors and uses the same constructive vocabulary of the main building.
The inner junction follows the patio tradition and juxtaposes stone paving and plants.