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American Embassy Building, London, UK : Mayfair Architecture
US Embassy – Mayfair Building, London, England – design by Eero Saarinen
Grosvenor Square, Mayfair
Design: Eero Saarinen
New photos of the facade:
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.
New American Embassy in London : Design Competition
American Embassy Building London, UK : KieranTimberlake wins Contest
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
Kohn, Pedersen, Fox Associates
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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image from architects
US Embassy Building London context : West End
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