The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) has shortlisted six design teams for the new U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. The shortlisted teams are:
- Diller Scofidio + Renfro
- Mack Scogin Merrill Elam/AECOM
- Morphosis Architects
- Rafael Viñoly Architects
- Steven Holl Architects
- Yazdani Studio
Thirty-nine firms responded to the public notification for prospective offerors to compete. This initial shortlist of six offerors will assemble their technical teams and submit detailed information on their organization and qualifications for the Stage 2 evaluation.
According to the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations, the shortlisted submissions presented a diversity of projects with a high level of design excellence, innovative site and landscape designs, and strong sustainability experience.
The new Embassy site is located in Awkar, approximately 11 kilometers / 6.8 miles north of the city center and in close proximity to the existing Embassy. The new Embassy complex will include a chancery, support offices and utility buildings, a parking structure, Marine residence, Representational housing, staff housing, access control facilities, and a community center.
The new design effort comes thirty years after the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut that killed 63 people. The massive blast caused by a suicide bomber on April 18, 1983 collapsed parts of the existing building and was the deadliest attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission up to that time.
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