Philadelphia architecture firm to design US Embassy in London

on Tuesday,February 23,2010 23:02


After a contest that lasted nearly two years, the Department of State has announced which architecture firm will design the new American Embassy building in London, the Washington Post reports.

Philadelphia-based firm KeiranTimberlake has been hired to lend their design skills to the new building, which is slated to begin construction in 2013 and be completed within four years.

According to the Department of State, the competitors were challenged to develop a building and site layout that featured a timeless quality and appropriately represented the United States of America in the United Kingdom.

The architects' design features a cube shape composed of secure and sustainable glass. The building will be set on top of a colonnade landscape that will include a pond and pathways that will be open to the public.

Security was a prime issue among the judges, which led designers at KeiranTimberlake to include blast-resistant glass and a raised platform that could protect the building from car and truck bombs in its plans.

James Timberlake, a lead architect at the firm, described the design as "an urban building in an urban park," according to the Post.

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