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New London Embassy Design Competition Exhibit Officially Opens


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Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
May 26, 2010

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The New London Embassy design competition exhibit officially opened today at the headquarters of the American Institute of Architects in Washington, D.C.

The exhibit celebrates the completion of the design competition to select the architect for the New London Embassy for the United States of America. Models and information boards from the final four competing architectural firms, KieranTimberlake, Morphosis Architects, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners and Richard Meier & Partners will be on display as well as the model of the current London Embassy designed by Finnish American architect Eero Saarinen in the late 1950’s.

The four firms explored the symbolism of the embassy, its presence and position in the cityscape of London. Their goal was to create a building and site complex with a timeless quality to appropriately represent the United States of America in the United Kingdom.

The winning firm, KieranTimberlake, was announced in London on February 23, 2010, and met the goal of creating a modern, welcoming, timeless, safe and energy efficient embassy for the 21st century. The design concept holds the greatest potential for developing a truly iconic embassy and is on the leading edge of sustainable design. The anticipated ground breaking on this landmark embassy will be in 2013 with a goal to complete the construction in 2017.

Stephen Kieran and James Timberlake will lead a discussion on the winning scheme at 6:30 pm tonight at the American Institute of Architects. Following the lecture and discussion, the exhibit will be open until 9:00 pm.

The exhibit is open to the public weekdays through June 30th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., weekdays at the American Institute of Architects located 1735 New York Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. Admission is free.

For further information, please contact Jonathan Blyth at BlythJJ@State.gov or on (703) 875-4131.



PRN: 2010/680



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