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white symmetrically square two story building. a transparent shade over southern elevation and glass canopy over entrance.
U.S. Embassy Design Program

Designing for Global Diplomacy

Client

U.S. Department of State

Area

3,000,000 SF

Locations

Global

Project Type

Federal

DLR Group has designed and delivered over 3 million SF of diplomatic space in five countries across three continents. As a requirement of the United States Department of State, all embassies and consulates must symbolize a respect for, and integration of, the local culture while serving as a tangible presence of the United States abroad.

DLR Group exceeds these expectations and requirements by fully immersing the design in the rich history and art of the embassy’s host country. Upholding the diplomatic mission of the United States, DLR Group’s design for U.S. embassies and consulates is secure, modern, and sustainable as well as indigenous and well adapted to the host country.

Locations

For each embassy, our designs respond to the architectural history of that location; implement the most environmentally sustainable standards for the local area; and embody U.S. diplomatic ideals.

01
Barbados

U.S. Embassy – Bridgetown

Pre-colonial design elements mix with modern architectural components, such as bright colors to differentiate scale and volume. Deep shading devices protect against the tropical sun to form a welcoming and graceful American diplomatic presence. In addition to contextual sustainable strategies gleaned from the local climate, the 86,000-SF facility meets LEED Silver standards.

square yellow building with evenly repeating rectangular windows and palm trees. Three peaked roofs spaced evenly on top
new white and beige concrete bridge spans a grassy river bed next to an old stone wall. leads to new building with tin roof.
02
Indonesia

U.S. Consulate – Surabaya

Drawing inspiration from indigenous temples and ancient gathering spaces, the design successfully represents a cultural bridge between local context and a 21st century American ethos. One of six buildings on the U.S. Consulate Complex campus, the 59,500-SF facility meets LEED Silver standards, with sustainable design elements, including native plant species for landscaping to reduce water consumption and heat island effects, light shelves to allow daylight into 75% of interior spaces, and a complex storm water management system specifically designed for this flood prone region.

concrete brick path lined with vertical and horizontal fencing. Perimeter has transparent canopy and slatted benches.
a stone building with brise soleil panels on second story windows. uplights illuminate ground floor, windows, and palm trees
03
Kyrgyzstan

U.S. Embassy – Bishkek

The design reflects a 21st century partnership and U.S. diplomatic ideals. The facility shows the United States’ commitment to a close and cooperative relationship with the Kyrgyzstan government. The compound consists of a 139,000-SF new embassy office building, Marine Security Guard Residence, a warehouse building, and utility and service buildings.

04
Gabon

U.S. Embassy – Libreville

The design takes inspiration from the local decorative art styles of contrasting geometric patterns of light and dark to develop a subtle, yet modern interpretation of the community aesthetic. The 59,000-SF facility symbolizes a respect for, and integration of local culture while serving as a tangible presence of the United States.

white symmetrically square two story building. a transparent shade over southern elevation and glass canopy over entrance.
Angled floating stair case with glass side panels extends over wood acoustic panel walls and a black and white tile floor.
05
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

U.S. Consulate – Jeddah

Located on the Red Sea, Jeddah’s historical and religious roots are reflected in the architecture of the U.S. Consulate through the use of large canopies and traditional design elements. The site is organized into public access, private access, and office and service access zones, separated by structured or landscaped delineations. Landscaping throughout the campus is indigenous and well adapted to the site with plantings that are tolerant of the local climate and recognized for low water requirements.

nighttime aerial photo of a low rise building compound with green lawns palm trees. perimeter secured by tall fencing.
double height cafe with white floor and glass staircase. wood acoustic panel wall leads up to glass rail mezzanine level

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