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The new U.S. embassy in London: A crystalline ‘sugar cube’ worth a billion dollars

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LONDON — At $1 billion, it is the most expensive embassy ever constructed. But its designers say the new American chancery on the Thames River marks a paradigm shift: The U.S. Embassy here will exude openness while hiding all the clever ways it defends itself from attack.

After decades of building American embassies that look brutalist or bland, like obvious fortresses, the soon-to-be-opened chancery in London is a crystalline cube, plopped down in the middle of a public park, without visible walls.

The building does not shout, “Spies work here!” or “Stand back!” even though this city has been subjected to terrorist attacks. Instead, the vibe is modernist museum, which also happens to issue visas and might have a few hidden bunkers somewhere.

Instead of blast walls, there is a perimeter pond, with recycled-water waterfalls and deep trenches — and on the roof, arrays of solar panels that will produce enough juice to run the building and give extra watts back to the grid.

The building sports frosted- glass walkways, inspirational quotes from the Constitution, neon sculptures, reclaimed teak benches, Cornwall granite, its own subterranean wastewater treatment plant and a dozen gardens in the sky, one representing the flora of the American Midwest.

There’s also a pub, a gym, a post office and a posh Marine barracks, with millionaire views all the way to Westminster for the hard-working 19-year-old lance corporals . . . .

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Not exactly sure why we need a billion dollar embassy in a country of minor strategic importance. It isn't 1960 and UK isn't even "Europe" anymore, really.

But building looks very good, and glad to hear that federal architecture is evolving beyond the fortress mentality.
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Ain't no VBIED breaching that perimeter. Curtain wall is probably hardened against small arms as well.

"Exuding openness" my ass.
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How is it cleverly hiding it's defenses when there's a very obvious moat around the whole thing?
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Not exactly sure why we need a billion dollar embassy in a country of minor strategic importance. It isn't 1960 and UK isn't even "Europe" anymore, really.

But building looks very good, and glad to hear that federal architecture is evolving beyond the fortress mentality.
I can't think of a more appropriate act than gifting our closest international ally with such an impressive embassy.
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How is it cleverly hiding it's defenses when there's a very obvious moat around the whole thing?
Plenty of non-governmental compounds including corporate campuses have moats or moat-like water features around them, and few think that is sending some ominous message.
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like it.
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What a great man-made marvel.
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how nice they got a fancy new state capital. i can think of a few other states that should be next in line. looking at you alaska, new mexico and ‘new’ florida capital buildings.
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The United States is disgusting.
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like it.
So do I.

For those of you guys who're sorry at this, rejoice. They will never move from their location in Paris.
They are next door to the British embassy, which is next door to the Élysée Palace where the French prez's office and services are.

They are also next door to place de la Concorde, place de la Madeleine, the Champs-Élysées, the French parliament and all this shit. They are very close to Central Paris's huge biz district and not too far from la Défense either...

Lol, they simply never will move. Their spot is simply perfectly strategic. It's the most possibly influential area over here.

This is their backyard.


https://www.huffingtonpost.com/linda..._b_789223.html

It's prettier than the White House. The US ambassador over here is someone spoiled.

Nevertheless, I do like their new thing in London... It is contemporary, of our own more evolved era.
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