After the United States, Japan and India, the French diplomatic services moved into their new headquarters in Beijing in Autumn 2011. Designed by Sarea Alain Sarfati Architecture and Ginger Sechaund & Bossuyt, the French Embassy attempts to blend Feng Shui and haute couture in this huge building of 20,000 square metres which contains the Chancellery, Consulate, diplomatic residence and private apartments of the Ambassador all centred around a courtyard garden. The Chancellery, Consulate and diplomatic residence occupy three sides of the complex, while the fourth is laid out with greenhouses, exhibition spaces and winter gardens depending on the season and needs. The residential area and Chancellery are above the reception and meeting rooms respectively, each opening onto the garden. The rusticated foundation and granite forecourt stand in contrast to the undulating façade overlooking the garden, with its silkscreened glass veil in warm, golden hues lending signature charm. Inside, visitors are welcomed by the warm wood tones of a light-filled atmosphere.