Shortlist for Beruit US embassy design

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Diller Scofidio & Renfro, Morphosis Architects and a team featuring Aecom and Mack Scogin Merrill Elam have been shortlisted for the competition to design a new US embassy in Beirut.

A total of 39 entries that also included Rafael Viñoly Architects, Steven Holl Architects and Yazdani Studio were considered by a US State Department panel.

The chosen designs were praised as “exceptional” – with novel site and landscape plans, and a strong emphasis on sustainability.

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A spokesman said: “The shortlisted submissions represented highly qualified teams which successfully demonstrated strong innovation throughout all disciplines. These teams also offered a detailed management strategy that recognised the programmatic and local demands specific to the project in Beirut.”

The scheme, to be built north of the city centre close to the existing embassy, will include a chancery, support offices, staff housing and a community centre. The US also has consular facilities in other Lebanese cities.

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