Gallery: US Embassy in Beijing Showcases Energy Efficient Design


The US Embassy in Beijing, China, designed by Craig Hartman of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, is the State Department’s second largest project in its history. Like the newly unveiled embassy in London, it is intended to respect the host country, American democratic ideals, security, and environmental sensitivity. The complex is really a neighborhood within a walled green space. Art, natural light, water reclamation, and other sustainable and thoughtful features abound and have lead to the project earning several awards since its completion in 2008.

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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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