American Embassy Building London – US Embassy Mayfair

American Embassy London, US Building Mayfair, Architect, Photo, Location, Design, Shortlist

American Embassy Building, London

US Building in Mayfair Architecture, England, UK – design by Eero Saarinen, architect

7 Nov 2012

American Embassy

Grosvenor Square, Mayfair

1955/57-60

Design: Eero Saarinen

New photos of the facade:

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photos © Adrian Welch

This strong and reposed design by famous 20th Century architect Eero Saarinen has been given Grade II status (ie not the top ranking) by UK Architecture minister Margaret Hodge. The rhythmic facades were picked out for special mention.

Some interesting architectural facts about the US Embassy in London:

– largest American embassy in Western Europe
– designed by Finnish American modernist architect
– 9 storeys, 3 below ground
– Grade II listed building
– commands Grosvenor Square with gilded bald eagle on top, wingspan of over 11 m
– the architect died in the year it was completed.

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photos © Adrian Welch

New American Embassy in London : Design Competition

American Embassy Building London, UK : KieranTimberlake wins Contest
American Embassy Building

The four competing architectural firms KieranTimberlake, Morphosis Architects, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, and Richard Meier & Partners worked for nearly a year and made presentations to the jury which then recommended the winning design.

Site: Vauxhall, close to MI6 building

Shortlisted Architects (stipulated by Client as all-American for security reasons):

Gwathmey, Siegel and Associates
Kallmann, McKinnell and Wood
KieranTimberlake
Kohn, Pedersen, Fox Associates
Morphosis Architects
PEI Cobb Freed and Partners
Perkins and Will
Richard Meier and Partners
Skidmore, Owings and Merrill

American Embassy Building London : Further Information on the winning design

American Embassy London – architect : Eero Saarinen


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