The building of the Canadian Embassy in Poland has won much acclaim since its official opening in 2001. The embassy was named Best Building of the Year in 2001 by Polish Business News, best public building in 2002 by the City of Warsaw, and received a special citation from the Association of Polish Architects for the best architectural design in 2001.
Main entrance to the Embassy as seen from Matejki Street.
While the embassy is a functional and secure facility, the aesthetics convey Canada's character. Transparency, openness and a desire to promote greater commercial and cultural exchange are represented by the clear glass and custom-designed aluminum plate that make up a significant portion of the facades on two parallel streets. There are barrier-free entrances on both sides from which a bridge crosses over a landscape of rocks and grasses indigenous to Canada. The building itself highlights commonly used Canadian building materials.