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Design Team Selection Announced for Paris Residential Annex

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
October 2, 2012


The Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) announces the selection of Michael Maltzan Architecture to design the new residential facility in Paris, France.

Michael Maltzan Architecture (MMA) was selected from a very talented shortlist of three architecture/engineering (A/E) teams that advanced to the final round of presentations and interviews. MMA brought together a strong architectural and landscape team, supplemented with an impressive portfolio of engineers. The design philosophy presented carefully considers the local culture and historical context, and responds accordingly to the sensitivity of the building within a landscape.

The new residential annex will be constructed on a U.S. Government-owned property located in a central urban neighborhood that is near the U.S. Embassy and will include an underground parking garage.

This project is the second solicited for design under OBO’s Design Excellence program. With Design Excellence, OBO seeks to utilize the best methods, technologies, and staff abilities to produce facilities that are outstanding in all respects.

Since 1999, as part of the Department’s Capital Security Construction Program, OBO has completed 94 new diplomatic facilities and has moved more than 27,000 people into safe, secure, and functional facilities. OBO has an additional 38 projects in design or construction.

OBO’s mission is to provide safe, secure, and functional facilities that represent the U.S. Government to the host nation and support our staff in the achievement of U.S. foreign policy objectives. These facilities should represent American values and the best in American architecture, engineering, technology, sustainability, maintainability, art, culture, and construction execution.

For further information, please contact Christine Foushee at or (703) 875-4131, or visit

PRN: 2012/1584

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