Gallery: HOK Unveils Sustainable British Embassy in Jakarta


Balancing the harsh conditions of Jakarta, Indonesia, is quite a challenge – the area faces high pollution, high humidity, and heavy rains more than 60% of the year. HOK recently unveiled a stunning design for the region’s new British Embassy, situated on a 1.5 hectare site in the center of the city. HOK chose to use locally sourced black granite and metal cladding for the cantilevered canopy, stating that more porous materials would have eventually discolored due to pollution. The black diamond takes into account its surrounding environment as well as the area’s seismic activity, qualifying it for an “Excellent” rating under the BREEAM system (one of the world’s most widely used environmental assessment methods for architecture).

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  1. Rosa May 31, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    It was dark when I woke. This is a ray of susnihne.

  2. hadinata August 29, 2008 at 9:19 pm


  3. f1sher August 22, 2008 at 12:52 am

    Why would black granite be better than other materials in such hot climate as Jakarta? It absorbs much more heat than cladding or other natural stone, thus interior air-cooling would need more energy. It looks like the water recycling concept was only an additional to ‘green design’, that is less spoken than security issue here…

  4. SEED August 20, 2008 at 2:39 pm


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