United States Embassy
Mexico City, Mexico
1,000,000 SF • with Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects • LEED SILVER
Designed in a joint venture with Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, the new United States Embassy Campus in Mexico City will be among the largest US embassy complexes in the world. The 1,000,000 sf multi-building complex is being constructed on an 8.5-acre site in the New Polano District of Mexico City, providing a secure, modern, and environmentally sustainable platform for US diplomacy.
The Embassy is sunken several stories into the ground, and designed around a large covered open air courtyard, responding to the scale of the neighborhood and climate of the region. Several additional smaller courtyards permeate the dense office block, providing sunlight, air, and natural scenery deep within embassy operations. The exterior façade is protected by a large, bronze brise-soleil that minimizes heat gain without diminishing views out of Mexico City.
The new facility incorporates rigorous sustainability and energy-saving goals, aiming to reduce environmental impact, optimize building performance, and enhance the self-sufficiency of the campus. The campus will use reclaimed water from the city for cooling and sewage conveyance to reduce the impact on the local water infrastructure. Further innovation includes use of magnetic bearing chillers with hybrid cooling towers to further reduce electrical and water demand. Registered with the U.S. Green Building Council, the Embassy is projected to earn a LEED Silver certification.