The architecture firm founded in Philadelphia in 1984, KieranTimberlake has been selected to design the new embassy building in London. TSB over at The Skeptical Bureaucrat has a piece about the future digs: Design Concept Selected for New U.S. Embassy London. Below is an excerpt from the official statement:
“KieranTimberlake’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. KieranTimberlake is an architectural firm known for its commitment to innovation and environmental responsibility.”
The anticipated ground breaking on this embassy will be in 2013 with a goal to complete the construction in 2017.
© KieranTimberlake/studio amdAdam Namm, acting director of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations, was quoted in the press estimating the cost of the new embassy at about $1 billion _ "in the ballpark of the most expensive embassies we have built."
Wouldn’t this be the most expensive? We are updating our list of the top most expensive US embassies in the world:
#1 US Embassy London – Estimated at $1Billion (2013-2017)
#2 US Embassy Islamabad – Estimated at $670-830 million (pre-solicitation out)
#3 US Embassy Baghdad – $736 million
#4 US Embassy Kabul – approximately $590 million (and counting)
#5 US Embassy Beijing - $434 million (thank you TSB!)
Somebody please tell me which embassy occupies the 5th place or I won’t get any sleep over this. Moscow? Nah, the one built in the 80’s was for $190 million (plus reportedly $20-$40 million to get rid of bugs, er security flaws). But -- if they build a new one there, it might rival London in cost since Moscow is one of the most expensive cities in the world. Tokyo would also definitely be an expensive design-build project because it is not just one but THE most expensive city; just don't know if a NEC is in its near future. The 5th place.... help meeeeee!
The Most Expensive Embassy in the World? | Diplopundit | Feb 17, 2010
New London Embassy | http://www.state.gov/obo/c30600.htm
New U.S. Embassy in London | KieranTimberlake
An Embassy for the Future | http://www.newusembassy-london.co.uk/