The Stage 2 shortlist for the new U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon has now been narrowed down even further. As the Department of State's Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) reports, these three design teams were selected for Stage 3 evaluation:
Earlier this year in June, the Stage 1 shortlist still included Rafael Viñoly Architects, Steven Holl Architects, and Yazdani Studio (previously on Bustler).
Here's some more information about the new embassy and the evaluation process which we received from the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations:
"Six firms participated in Stage 2 evaluations. This final shortlist will develop presentations on their team organization, design vision, and approach to excellence for the Stage 3 interviews and evaluation.
This project was solicited under OBO's Excellence in Diplomatic Facilities initiative, a holistic approach to project development and delivery which seeks to utilize the best methods, technologies, and staff abilities to produce facilities that are outstanding in all respects.
The new Embassy site is approximately 11 kilometers north of the city center and in close proximity to the existing Embassy. The new Embassy complex will include a chancery, representational housing, Marine residence, support offices and utility buildings, a parking structure, access pavilions, and a community center."
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