Archinect - News 2014-04-20T15:14:28-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/86931797/ann-beha-architects-selected-for-major-rehabilitation-of-gropius-designed-athens-chancery Ann Beha Architects selected for major rehabilitation of Gropius-designed Athens Chancery Justine Testado 2013-11-19T19:54:00-05:00 >2013-11-19T19:58:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/63/63ce3d6a5e2cdaab5245a42ed7356a27.jpg" width="514" height="414" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ann Beha Architects from Boston, MA was selected by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) for a major rehabilitation project of the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece. Walter Gropius and consulting architect Pericles A. Sakellarios designed the iconic embassy from 1959-1961. The building is also listed as a protected architectural landmark.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>Ann Beha Architects was given the task out of four shortlisted teams that included: DesignLab Architects, Inc. (Boston, MA); Machado Silvetti / Baker (Boston, MA); and Mark Cavagnero Associates (San Francisco, CA).</em></p> <p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/73244017/four-design-teams-shortlisted-for-major-rehabilitation-of-gropius-designed-athens-chancery" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Four Design Teams Shortlisted for Major Rehabilitation of Gropius-Designed Athens Chancery</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/86471663/kierantimberlake-s-u-s-embassy-in-london-celebrates-groundbreaking KieranTimberlake’s U.S. Embassy in London celebrates groundbreaking Justine Testado 2013-11-13T20:35:00-05:00 >2013-11-18T21:33:11-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tg/tggvys0tgprwdq82.jpg" width="514" height="316" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations announced the groundbreaking of the KieranTimberlake-designed U.S. Embassy in London on Nov. 13. KieranTimberlake of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was named as the project architect after winning the Department of State competition back in 2010.</p></em><br /><br /><p> To see previous news posts about the U.S. Embassy in London project, click <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/361294/u-s-london-embassy" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/85458375/morphosis-architects-selected-to-design-new-u-s-embassy-in-beirut Morphosis Architects selected to design new U.S. Embassy in Beirut Justine Testado 2013-10-31T17:35:00-04:00 >2013-11-01T00:35:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rl/rlzju0cuensrosjr.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>From six finalists to three and finally to one, Morphosis Architects will be designing the new U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, as announced by The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) earlier this week. Morphosis won against top-name contenders Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Mack Scogin Merrill Elam / AECOM. All top three teams advanced to the competition's final round of presentations and interviews. Submitting designs weren't a requirement.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/81083221/shortlist-for-new-u-s-embassy-in-beirut-now-down-to-three-finalists" target="_blank">Shortlist for new U.S. Embassy in Beirut now down to three finalists</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/81083221/shortlist-for-new-u-s-embassy-in-beirut-now-down-to-three-finalists Shortlist for new U.S. Embassy in Beirut now down to three finalists Alexander Walter 2013-09-04T21:46:00-04:00 >2013-10-31T17:36:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/17/17b32fb04e96935991452758b5a08a31.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Stage 2 shortlist for the new U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon has now been narrowed down even further.</p></em><br /><br /><p> As the Department of State's Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) reports, these three design teams were selected for Stage 3 evaluation:</p> <ul><li> Diller Scofidio + Renfro</li> <li> Mack Scogin Merrill Elam / AECOM</li> <li> Morphosis Architects</li> </ul><p> Earlier this year in June, the Stage 1 shortlist still included Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly Architects, Steven Holl Architects, and Yazdani Studio.</p> <p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/75580843/ds-r-morphosis-vi-oly-and-holl-among-finalists-for-new-u-s-embassy-in-beirut" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DS+R, Morphosis, Vi&ntilde;oly and Holl Among Finalists for new U.S. Embassy in Beirut</a></p> <p> <strong>UPDATE:</strong> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85458375/morphosis-architects-selected-to-design-new-u-s-embassy-in-beirut" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morphosis Architects selected to design new U.S. Embassy in Beirut</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/75580843/ds-r-morphosis-vi-oly-and-holl-among-finalists-for-new-u-s-embassy-in-beirut DS+R, Morphosis, Viñoly and Holl Among Finalists for new U.S. Embassy in Beirut Alexander Walter 2013-06-19T13:28:00-04:00 >2013-10-31T17:37:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d2/d217uxxqbdno5skc.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The U.S. Department of State&rsquo;s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) has shortlisted six design teams for the new U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The shortlisted teams are:</p> <ul><li> Diller Scofidio + Renfro</li> <li> Mack Scogin Merrill Elam/AECOM</li> <li> Morphosis Architects</li> <li> Rafael Vi&ntilde;oly Architects</li> <li> Steven Holl Architects</li> <li> Yazdani Studio</li> </ul><p> <strong>UPDATE:</strong> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/81083221/shortlist-for-new-u-s-embassy-in-beirut-now-down-to-three-finalists" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shortlist for new U.S. Embassy in Beirut now down to three finalists</a></p> <p> <strong>UPDATE 2:</strong> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85458375/morphosis-architects-selected-to-design-new-u-s-embassy-in-beirut" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morphosis Architects selected to design new U.S. Embassy in Beirut</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/73244017/four-design-teams-shortlisted-for-major-rehabilitation-of-gropius-designed-athens-chancery Four Design Teams Shortlisted for Major Rehabilitation of Gropius-Designed Athens Chancery Alexander Walter 2013-05-15T19:26:00-04:00 >2013-11-19T19:55:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/re/relz5jgk7k683as6.jpg" width="514" height="414" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Four design firms have been shortlisted by the U.S. Department of State&rsquo;s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) for the major rehabilitation of the Athens Chancery project. The iconic modernist embassy building, designed by Walter Gropius with consulting architect Pericles A. Sakellarios, was constructed between 1959 and 1961 and is a protected architectural landmark.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The shortlisted firms are:</p> <ul><li> Ann Beha Architects, Boston, MA</li> <li> DesignLab Architects, Inc., Boston, MA</li> <li> Machado Silvetti / Baker, Boston, MA</li> <li> Mark Cavagnero Associates, San Francisco, CA</li> </ul><p> <strong>UPDATE:</strong> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/86931797/ann-beha-architects-selected-for-major-rehabilitation-of-gropius-designed-athens-chancery" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ann Beha Architects selected for major rehabilitation of Gropius-designed Athens Chancery</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/68407242/can-u-s-embassies-be-safe-without-being-unsightly Can U.S. Embassies Be Safe Without Being Unsightly? Alexander Walter 2013-02-26T20:16:00-05:00 >2013-03-04T21:11:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b6/b66e2844afffcca02dd7779626ccca36.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There's been a tug of war between aesthetically pleasing and safe when it comes to American embassies around the world. Many embassies have been slammed as bunkers, bland cubes and lifeless compounds. Even the new Secretary of State John Kerry said just a few years ago, "We are building some of the ugliest embassies I've ever seen." But the choice between gardens and gates isn't just academic for diplomats &mdash; it can affect the way they work.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/96255/all-the-glamour-of-a-corporate-office-block" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">All the glamour of a corporate office block</a> &amp; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/90512/american-embassy-buildings-increasingly-getting-ugly" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">American Embassy Buildings Increasingly Getting Ugly</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/48898537/swiss-clockwork-embassy-in-yaound-cameroon Swiss Clockwork Embassy in Yaoundé, Cameroon Alexander Walter 2012-05-18T12:52:00-04:00 >2012-05-20T23:38:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d1/d1gqdvenwihc4t0g.jpg" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>London/Paris-based practice Matteo Cainer Architects Ltd has sent us its competition entry for the new Swiss embassy building in Yaound&eacute;, the capital city of Cameroon, West Africa. The design is a play on the precision of Swiss clockwork mechanism and traditional Cameroon Musgum housing.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/44753549/save-the-only-neutra-in-pakistan Save the only Neutra In Pakistan Zehra Ahmed 2012-04-12T15:05:00-04:00 >2012-04-16T20:41:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3e/3ehunkobth93gcqk.jpg" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> "In 1955, the US State Department commissioned Richard Neutra to design a new embassy in Karachi. Neutra's appointment was part of an ambitious program of architectural commissions to renowned architects, which included embassies by Walter Gropius in Athens, Edward Durrell Stone in New Delhi, Marcel Breuer in The Hague, Josep Lluis Sert in Baghdad and Eero Saarinen in London."&#8232;&#8232;</p> <p> Neutra referred to these other buildings as &ldquo;just pretty buildings&rdquo; and called his design as &ldquo;stripped for action&rdquo;. A slightly curved stately white rectangular slab punctuated with narrow rectangular windows suitable for Karachi&rsquo;s hot climate. A building which has seen a lot of activity, from International and State affairs to movie screenings, art openings and car bomb attacks in 2002 and 2006 which led to its eventual shut down to the public. It seems obvious that such a space be repurposed with the same energy it once had for local and international culture. Its demolition would not only mean the loss...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/96255/all-the-glamour-of-a-corporate-office-block All the glamour of a corporate office block Nam Henderson 2010-02-24T12:55:00-05:00 >2013-02-26T20:22:29-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p7/p700ug7pdk5r9xen.jpg" width="447" height="500" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> So says Nicolai Ouroussoff in his review of the recently released winning design, by the Philadelphia firm KieranTimberlake, for the State Department&rsquo;s new embassy in London. <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/24/arts/design/24embassy.html?ref=arts" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYT</a> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article.php?id=96234_0_24_0_C" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/96234/christopher-hawthorne-reviews-the-new-us-embassy-in-london Christopher Hawthorne reviews the new US Embassy in London Paul Petrunia 2010-02-23T15:27:00-05:00 >2013-02-26T20:24:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e3/e30fnq9eqxfmw0zt.jpg" width="436" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Even as the design itself, for all its airiness and crisp confidence, is hardly radical from a formal point of view -- it consists of a cube sheathed in a shimmering polymer scrim and resting on a ground-floor colonnade of concrete pillars -- it represents a major shift in how we think about the role of U.S. government architecture, both at home and abroad. It suggests putting an emphasis on action instead of values, measurable behavior rather than symbolic gestures.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The LA Times' Christopher Hawthorne <a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2010/02/kierantimberlake-wins-design-competition-for-us-embassy-in-london.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reviews</a> the new U.S. Embassy in London, designed by KieranTimberlake.<br><br> &nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/90512/american-embassy-buildings-increasingly-getting-ugly American Embassy Buildings Increasingly Getting Ugly Orhan Ayyüce 2009-07-19T18:59:00-04:00 >2013-02-26T20:28:43-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/08/08hbjberni4h4k7z.jpg" width="436" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> "We are building some of the ugliest embassies I've ever seen. We're building fortresses around the world. We're separating ourselves from people in these countries. I cringe when I see what we're doing." - John Kerry.</p> <p> Lots of people cringe when they think about the recent architecture of American diplomacy, and now a new report adds ammunition to the Massachusetts Democrat's charge. "Design for Diplomacy," written by the American Institute of Architects, is a classic Washington document: dull, dry and filled with recommendations that run from the tepid to the bland to the obvious. But the fact that it exists means that the age of the American embassy as architectural wasteland may finally be coming to an end. <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/07/16/AR2009071604601.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">w.post</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/86531/new-london-embassy New London Embassy ether 2009-03-11T12:15:00-04:00 >2013-11-13T20:31:11-05:00 <p> The U.S. Department of State&rsquo;s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) announced that four architectural firms have been selected for the final phase of the design competition for the new United States Embassy in London. <a href="http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2009/03/120223.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">State Department</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/84354/us-embassy-london-shortlist US Embassy London Shortlist Aaron Plewke 2009-01-06T00:21:00-05:00 >2013-11-13T20:29:53-05:00 <p> Thomas Mayne's Morphosis Architects, SOM, KPF and Richard Meier &amp; Partners are among nine firms on the all-American shortlist to design Britain&rsquo;s &pound;275 million new US embassy. <a href="http://www.bdonline.co.uk/story.asp?storycode=3130688&amp;origin=BDbreakingnews" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BD</a> | <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article.php?id=81054_0_24_0_C" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previously</a> | <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article.php?id=81237_0_24_0_C" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">related</a></p>