The winner of a competition to design the new US Embassy in London has been announced this week. Kieran Timberlake, an architecture firm from Philadelphia won the pitch to design the building facing off fierce competition from high profile names such as Morphosis Architects, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners and Richard Meier & Partners.
The competition was judged by respected figures from British and American Architecture including property developer and patron of the arts Baron Peter Palumbo and British architect Lord Richard Rogers.
The Embassy building and offices will be located in Nine Elms, Battersea, the cost for the development and move from the current office premises is estimated at about £1 billion.They are expected to complete the build and relocation of the current Embassy by 2017.
“Kieran Timberlake’s design met the goal of creating a modern, welcoming, timeless, safe and energy efficient embassy for the 21st century.
“Their concept most fully satisfied the requirements outlined in the design competition’s mission statement. The concept holds the greatest potential for developing a truly iconic embassy and is on the leading edge of sustainable design. Kieran Timberlake is an architectural firm known for its commitment to innovation and environmental responsibility,” said a spokesman for the US State department.
Cushman & Wakefield are advising the Embassy. The architects and Bureau of Overseas Building Operations will be working closely with the Mayor’s office, CABE and the local council and residents of the area during the planning process.
The finished US Embassy will add another striking building to London’s already extraordinary portfolio of amazing architecture and office space.