White roofs and an advanced HVAC system also reduce energy demand. The windows and skylights let plenty of light deep into the space and symbolize openness and transparency. A unique facade of patterned ceramic fritted glass is suspended from the outer walls, wrapping the office complex and providing the effect of a subtle glow in the evening.
The embassy is also home to a diverse collection of artwork from 18 Chinese and American artist including Louise Bourgeois, Robert Rauschenberg, Jeff Koons, Martin Puryear, Maya Lin, Hai Bo, and Cai Guo-Qiang’s gunpowder piece Eagle Landing on the Pine Branch (2007). Guo-Qiang, speaking to China Daily, said that “the motifs of eagle and pine trees were chosen for their symbolic value in both China and the United States, representing the friendship and cooperation between the two countries.”