US Embassy in Beijing Showcases Energy Efficient Design

by , 05/06/10

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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.”


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  1. SOM's China World Trade... August 30, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    […] energy efficient LED lighting on the exterior of the structure, and a crystalline facade covered in fritted glass and metal fins that act as vertical sunshades, maximizing interior daylighting for whole […]

  2. May 31, 2010 at 3:37 am

    I like how we can’t get any decent designs on US soil. Most buildings are cookie cutter designs.

  3. lyleduncan May 14, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    I like this a lot, it is great seeing much more energy efficient buildings be built all over the world. If you currently own a building and are using fluorescent bulbs, you should look into getting T5 bulbs to save more energy also. has a nice selection of different retrofit kits that you can buy that will make the change from T12 or T8 bulbs to T5 bulbs cheap and easy. Plus, all the money that you save on using less energy pays for the retrofit in just few years.

  4. May 8, 2010 at 1:57 am

    Really nice looking building!

  5. Gus Salas May 7, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Great ideas

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