U.S. Consulate Indonesia

  • Client

    • U.S. Department of State
  • Project Type

  • LEED Certified Silver
  • Opened/Completed

    • 2011
  • Area

    • 59,441 ft²
  • Cost

    • $62,000,000

Design Achievement – The influence of various cultures, religions, and colonial occupation in Surabaya are evident in the built forms of this coastal city on the Indonesian island of Java. In an effort to emulate this unique contextual ecosystem, DLR Group's design team drew inspiration from indigenous temples and other ancient and sacred gathering spaces. The resulting design established a U.S. Consulate Complex that successfully represents a cultural bridge between local context and a 21st century American ethos. A central two-story gallery connects and organizes the embassy’s two L-shaped wings into public spaces and private functions. This winged configuration forms a courtyard at the main entrance with a minimalist wood and glass porte-cochère, made of Merbau—a native termite and rot resistant hardwood, prevalent in local temple construction. On the exterior, dark wood sunshade screen of the same material are contrasted with Sierra White granite of the upper floors. The interior continues the interplay between dark, natural materials and cool, light stone, bringing in the bold wood forms on a canvas of light granite. Open lobbies and double-height representational gallery spaces express an elegance that maintains a modern aesthetic.

Scope Summary – Located on a six-acre site, the new 59,500 SF consulate is one of six buildings that form the new U.S. Consulate Complex. The campus in Surabaya 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 percent of interior spaces, and a complex storm water management system specifically designed for this flood prone region. DLR Group provided architectural design services.

DLR Group acquired Sorg Architects in September 2015. Today, the combined design expertise and resources of Sorg and DLR Group serve clients as a global, integrated design firm committed to elevating the human experience through design. 

U.S. Consulate Indonesia

U.S. Department of State