U.S. Embassy, Barbados

  • Client

    • U.S. Department of State
  • Project Type

  • Opened/Completed

    • 2006
  • Area

    • 86,000 ft²
  • Cost

    • $40,000,000

Design Achievement – The U.S. Department of State tasked DLR Group with the renovation of an existing five-story office building shell into the new home of the U.S. Embassy campus. Rather than emulate the older civic buildings of Barbados, exterior design elements are derived from pre-colonial island structures. Architectural components, such as bright colors to differentiate scale and volume as well as deep shading devices to protect against the tropical sun, are incorporated to form a welcoming and graceful American diplomatic presence. Just as the exterior of this building makes references to aspects of local vernacular architecture through form, composition, and colors, the interior design is inspired by the simple, pared down elegance of some of the more notable island buildings. The design includes the use of plaster works with both smooth and textured finishes, honed coral limestone reminiscent of the building’s immediate context, as well as accents of naturally finished wood.

Scope Summary – Located on a 3.2-acre site, this 86,000 SF space entailed the renovation of an existing five-story building as well as a new addition of similar scale. In addition to contextual sustainable strategies gleaned from the local climate, the facility meets LEED Silver standards. Sustainable elements include adaptive reuse of the existing building, solar control measures, native plant species in landscape design, and interior finishes with high recycled content. Moreover, the new addition takes advantage of the unique site’s quarry walls, which reflect light inside the building for adequate interior daylighting. DLR Group provided architecture services.

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