U.S. Embassy London
- Original design
- KieranTimberlake, 2018
The 2018 programme is now past. We will be launching the 2019 programme mid-August.
The new U.S. Embassy in Nine Elms reflects the best of modern design, incorporates the latest in energy-efficient building techniques, and celebrates the values of freedom and democracy.
The Nine Elms district, a South Bank industrial zone under intense redevelopment, is a unique setting for the new Embassy. With an estimated 1,000 daily visitors and 800 staff, the Embassy is poised to establish a strong framework for the urbanization of Nine Elms.
The Embassy stands at the center of this burgeoning area of London, with a public park containing a pond, walkways, seating, and landscape along its edges. Curving walkways continue into the interior of the building with gardens on each floor that extend the spiraling movement upward.
Each of the interior gardens is inspired by a different region of the United States, including the Canyonlands, the Gulf Coast, the Midwest, the Potomac River Valley, the Pacific Forest, and the Mid-Atlantic. The garden plantings not only represent the diversity of the United States' landscape, they were also selected for their capacity to thrive in specific garden orientations.
The building's primary public interior spaces include a ground floor consular lobby leading to waiting areas on the first and second levels, each overlooking the pond and River Thames to the north. Separately, a ground floor main lobby opens to a north-facing gallery, grand stair, and multi-purpose event hall.
The Embassy's workspaces are designed to be adaptable and flexible to encourage collaboration and allow for changing needs over time. Shared workspaces are located at the perimeter of the building so that staff have access to natural daylight and outward views.
Sustainability is a hallmark of the new Embassy. One of the building's primary goals is to demonstrate exceptional environmental leadership that surpasses current building practices and goes beyond the LEED Gold and BREEAM Excellent ratings.
The building harnesses renewable resources including solar energy gathered by photovoltaic cells and geothermal energy generated through ground source heat pumps, which use the consistent temperature of the earth to heat and cool the building. The Embassy pond is at the center of an integrated water system that aims to retain all rainwater that falls on the site and prevent pollution from flowing into local waterways. Additionally, the pond naturally irrigates the surrounding landscape. Captured and treated rainwater is used in toilets, mechanical systems, and interior garden irrigation.
• 518,050 square feet (48,128 square meters)
• 12 stories, 65 meters tall
• The new American Embassy in London is funded entirely from proceeds of sale from other U.S. government property in London. The entire project budget, including site, development, design and construction is approximately $1 billion.
• The art collection features works and commissions by contemporary artists from the United States and the United Kingdom to reflect our cross-cultural dialogue.
• LEED Platinum – Pending BREEAM Outstanding:
Sustainable Initiatives Landscape and Water
Wastewater reclamation Water-efficient fixtures
Landscape-integrated stormwater management Brownfield redevelopment
Ecologically valuable landscape that creates natural habitats
Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Solar photovoltaic array
Ground source heat pump
Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Units
Daylight dimming and reduced lighting power densities Passive chilled beams and underfloor air distribution Air-side economizer
Variable frequency drive fans and pumps Heat recovery chiller
High-efficiency water-cooled chiller Energy-efficient equipment
Triple-glazed, thermally broken curtainwall Translucent ETFE exterior shading
• Awards 2013 New London Architecture Award London Centre for the Built Environment