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New U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados by Sorg Architects

U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados

The new U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown is part of a larger New Embassy Compound designed by Sorg Architects for the U.S. Department of State. The new Embassy consists of a renovated existing five-story office building along with a new addition of similar scale, and is located on a dramatic site in Wildey, St. Michael, outside Barbados’ capital city, Bridgetown. In response to the challenging site and Department of State security requirements the design concept combines prevalent vernacular architectural styles with local materials and modernist forms to create architecture that both reflects important elements of its local context and serves as a symbol of U.S. democratic ideals. The new Embassy’s hinged form connects public and private functions with a smaller centerpiece and creates a welcoming and graceful American diplomatic presence on the island.

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