United States Announces Winner of New London
Embassy Design Competition
February 24, 2010
Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Louis B. Susman, and acting director
of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations, Adam Namm, announced
that KieranTimberlake of Philadelphia has won the design competition
for the New London Embassy.
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. According to the announcement,
the concept holds the greatest potential for developing a truly
iconic embassy and is on the leading edge of sustainable design.
The process began with 37 architectural submissions, which the
Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations narrowed down 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.
In addition to KieranTimberlake, the other competing firms were
Morphosis Architects, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners and Richard Meier
& Partners. All worked for nearly a year and made presentations
to the jury, which then recommended the winning design.
Moving 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.
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