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Embassy of the U.S. London, London, United Kingdom

Tuesday 23 Feb 2010

Kieran Timberlake takes U.S. Embassy

© KieranTimberlake/studio amd 
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04/03/10 James D. Solar, Vancouver
a sad state of affaires that the "Civilized World" still accepts so much bad architecture and promotes sickening interiors and then forced to work in, obvious there was no talent or "lust for life" in creating the architecture or the artistic images seen above in the renderings, but then again there is no message to do anything but bland work to begin with, the jury that selected this project should be ashamed, must have been a "bad" day to begin with!

The "box" has now become full "circle", a dam shame!
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02/03/10 Walker Architects, BRIER
This project design does not appear to be timeless. As a general rule a glass box is not going to be energy efficient, it would be nice if the article explained how that is being accomplished. The solar shading appears to be functional only at the lower floors based upon the shadowing in the rendering. There is also something draped on three side of the building which appears to be printed photo-voltaic film, weathering the storm is more than simply problematic, if that is the material they are using. The article does not explain what that odd somewhat transparent articulation actually is or what it is doing! It does not make the building look better.

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'Modern, welcoming, timeless, safe and energy efficient', say jury 

Philadelphian firm Kieran Timberlake has staved off competition from three Pritzker Prize winners: Richard Meier, Morphosis Architects and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, to be announced as the winner of the Embassy of the U.S. London design competition. The architects' design will bring a new landmark to rival Battersea Power Station on the banks of the Thames.

37 architectural submissions were narrowed to a shortlist of 9 by the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations and both American and British leaders in the fields of architecture, academia and diplomacy selected four firms for the final phase of the competition.

The design was said to have, "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", according to the Embassy. The criteria outlined were for a 'modern, welcoming, timeless, safe and energy efficient' building.

What Kieran Timberlake has delivered in its design is a bold transparent box with surrounding public landscaping and paths on varying levels. Dramatic solar shading articulates the facade of the building from the second level leaving the ground level free from obstruction and transparent to passers by.

Moving forward with the design the firm will now work closely with the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations in engaging in the consultation and planning process to include the Mayor's office, the Wandsworth Borough Council, the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, and residents.

The anticipated ground breaking on this landmark embassy will be in 2013 with a goal to complete the construction in 2017.

Niki May Young
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