Ankara New Embassy Compound
Located on a steeply sloped ten-acre site in a newly developing section of Ankara, the new US Embassy represents American values of openness and democracy while creating a secure environment for embassy visitors and staff. The new embassy compound is a modern interpretation of traditional Turkish courtyard architecture, with a series of courtyards providing both secure outdoor space within the embassy and an organizational structure to the landscape.
The Main Arrival Court is generously landscaped, with low plantings and trees giving back green space to the urban streetscape. Upon passing through the entry pavilions, visitors follow a visual and physical path that moves through the gardens towards the chancery, a singular architectural volume with a series of internal courtyards.
Three courtyards, of varying size and purposes, are distributed though out the new building, creating a secure place for staff to gather within the secure building setback while providing daylight for interior spaces and a sense of place and orientation.
Placeholder for lobby sequence. and public experience
The office building fa?ade integrates local stone into a screen pattern, referencing local architectural traditions and providing the security and privacy an embassy requires while providing daylight and views. Similarly, the main courtyard features an ultra-high performance concrete screen based on traditional architectural screen precedents.
- Ankara, Turkey
- Chancery: 22,582 GSM / 243,070 GSF; Site: 9.11 Acres
- Offices, Consular Services, Cafeteria, Multipurpose Room, Recreational Facilities, Commissary, Medical Facilities, Warehouse, Shops, Entrance Pavilions, Parking Garages, Utility Building, Residence
- Ennead Design Team
Richard Olcott, Kevin McClurkan, Kate Mann, Felicia Berger, Christopher Halloran, Stefan Abel, Kristen Alexander, Peter Broughton, Kori Camacho, Edward Chang, Magdalena Checo, Darla Elsbernd, Erkan Emre, Dalia Hamati, Wanlika Kaewkamchand, Janice Leong, Ryan Lewandowski, Sandra Marcatili, Stephanie Mauer, Amy Mielke, Dona Orozova, Lynette Salas, Suzanne Troiano, Margaret Tyrpa
- "The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations Announces the Design Architect for the New U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey" (U.S. Department of State, 8/15/2014)