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American Embassy Building, London

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

7 + 5 Apr 2016

American Embassy

Location: 30 Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, West London

Original Design: Eero Saarinen

Renewal Design: David Chipperfield Architects

New visuals of the proposal by DCA:

US Embassy Hotel by David Chipperfield Architects

Hotel entry, note the amusing ‘contextual throwback’ car!
American Embassy Hotel by David Chipperfield Architects

Developer: Qatari Diar – purchased site following decision in 2013 by the United States Government to relocate the Embassy to Nine Elms in Battersea, which will happen in 2017.

David Chipperfield beats Foster to US embassy revamp into luxury hotels

5th April 2016 – David Chipperfield Architects has revealed plans to convert the current landmark US Embassy in Grosvenor Square into a luxury hotel, reports Building Design.

American Embassy Building London

Chipperfield has beaten off competition from Foster & Partners and KPF to land a role on the £1bn redevelopment of the grade II-listed embassy, which is due to be vacated by the US government later this year when it moves to the purpose-built facility in Nine Elms.

The 137-bed five-star hotel will include a ballroom capable of hosting 1,000 guests as well as a spa, five restaurants and a number of high-end retailers. Plans are due to be submitted to Westminster Council next month.

The hotel redevelopment will also see a number of the security measures put in place to protect the current embassy (after the 9/11 attack) removed.

Will the prominent US eagle will remain on the facade?

American Embassy Building Grosvenor Square

Exhibition on proposals from 11 to 16 April at 11 Grosvenor Hill, W1K 3QB, from 3 to 7pm except the Satuday, 11am – 2pm.

Qatari Diar will shortly be submitting an application to Westminster City Council for the redevelopment of 30 Grosvenor Square.

Qatari Diar’s proposal is to “redevelop the site to introduce a landmark hotel along with retail elements on the ground and basement floors and significant public realm improvements.”

Website: 30 Grosvenor Square Redevelopment

7 Nov 2012

American Embassy

Grosvenor Square, Mayfair

Date built: 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
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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