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The new US embassy building in London

 
 
Reply Tue 23 Feb, 2010 03:28 pm
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KieranTimberlake has won the prestigious project to design the new US Embassy in London.

The Philadelphia-based practice was selected ahead of three Pritzker-Prize winners - Richard Meier (Richard Meier & Partners), Tom Mayne (Morphosis Architects) and IM Pei (PEI Cobb Freed & Partners). The firm’s ‘environmentally friendly’ scheme will be built in Nine Elms close to Battersea Power station.

US Ambassador Louis Susman said: ‘We feel the design concept put forward by Kieran Timberlake best meets the goal of creating a modern, welcoming, secure and efficient embassy for the 21st Century. It was also the most environmentally friendly of the four projects.’

Source for text and following pics: The Architects Journal

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BBC video clip



I think that it's ... well, not the latest in design and architecture.
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BillRM
 
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Reply Tue 23 Feb, 2010 07:22 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
It does not seem to fit in very well with it surroundings.
roger
 
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Reply Tue 23 Feb, 2010 07:26 pm
@BillRM,
I cannot imagine surroundings it would fit well with.
Irishk
 
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Reply Tue 23 Feb, 2010 07:33 pm
@roger,
Reminds me of a pineapple. A square pineapple.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Tue 23 Feb, 2010 07:37 pm
@Irishk,
An excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin freedom! Wink
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BillRM
 
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Reply Tue 23 Feb, 2010 07:37 pm
@roger,
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I cannot imagine surroundings it would fit well with.


Let see in the middle of the burned out city center of Detroit?

On the moon?

A small island about to go under the sea from the effects of global warming?

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Tai Chi
 
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Reply Tue 23 Feb, 2010 07:41 pm
Perhaps they just haven't unpacked it yet -- it looks like it's wrapped in square-ish bubble wrap.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 23 Feb, 2010 08:07 pm
Interesting, that one presentation that showed it reflecting surroundings..

I don't love it, I don't hate it.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Tue 23 Feb, 2010 08:09 pm
@ossobuco,
At least it seems to be sited with like minded buildings so it doesn't seem to clash with its neighbors.
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Irishk
 
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Reply Tue 23 Feb, 2010 08:27 pm
It has a moat! We drove by the old one (current one, I guess) when we were there a few years ago. It was sad to see the blast barriers. The moat will negate the need for those, I guess.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Tue 23 Feb, 2010 08:32 pm
@Irishk,
That moat is merely aesthetics! All it takes is one kamakazie duck boat and kabloomie!
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3173/2704112672_ae76f98efe.jpg?v=0
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Irishk
 
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Reply Tue 23 Feb, 2010 08:38 pm
LOL tsar! The pineapple is going to run a cool $1B so it'd better be duck boat-proof or else!

(And don't we all know that $1B is just a low-ball guestimate?)
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roger
 
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Reply Tue 23 Feb, 2010 08:48 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
It does have sort of an "environmentally friendly" look about it. No parking spaces. How green can you get?
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Tue 23 Feb, 2010 09:07 pm
@roger,
I'm going to guess ... highly secured underground parking lot.
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deepat
 
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Reply Mon 29 Aug, 2011 03:23 am
@Tai Chi,
I agree
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