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American Embassy Building, London : Architecture
US Embassy Building London, England, UK : Competition Winner
26 Feb 2010
New US Embassy LondonUnited States Announces Winner of New London Embassy Design Competition
U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Louis B. Susman, and Acting Director of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations, Adam Namm, announced today that KieranTimberlake of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has won the design competition for the New London Embassy.
US Embassy London winning design by KieranTimberlake:
US Embassy Building London image © KieranTimberlake/studio amd
KieranTimberlake's design met the goal of creating a modern, welcoming, timeless, safe and energy efficient embassy for the 21st century. Their concept most fully satisfied the requirements outlined in the design competition's mission statement. The concept holds the greatest potential for developing a truly iconic embassy and is on the leading edge of sustainable design. KieranTimberlake is an architectural firm known for its commitment to innovation and environmental responsibility.
Starting with 37 architectural submissions, the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations narrowed the number to a shortlist of nine firms. A distinguished jury of both American and British leaders in the fields of architecture, academia and diplomacy selected four firms for the final phase of the competition.
The four firms explored the symbolism of the embassy, its presence and position in the cityscape of London. Their goal was to create a building and site complex with a timeless quality to appropriately represent the United States of America in the United Kingdom.
US Embassy London designs (left to right) by Morphosis Architects ; Pei Cobb Freed & Partners ; Richard Meier & Partners:
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.
As KieranTimberlake moves forward with the design of the building, the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations and KieranTimberlake will be actively engaged in the consultation and planning process involving the Mayor's office, the Wandsworth Borough Council, the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, as well as residents in the area to ensure that the new embassy provides an appropriate home for the United States of America in London.
The anticipated ground breaking on this landmark embassy will be in 2013 with a goal to complete the construction in 2017.
US Embassy Building London : Further Information on the winning design
image from architects
The original building:
American Embassy, Grosvenor Square, Mayfair
photos © Adrian Welch
US Embassy London
New American Embassy in London : Design Competition
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
Longlisted firms to produce conceptual drawings; a jury will then select four or five to produce more detailed designs
New US Embassy London : Competition Jury
Clyde D. Taylor, American Ambassador
Richard Rogers, architect
Thomas W. Hicks
US Embassy Building London images / information from the US Embassy London
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image from Wandsworth Council
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