company Bates Smart has been selected to design the new Australian Embassy in
The government’s decision to construct a new building on the existing Embassy
site will continue our presence in the heart of the Washington diplomatic
relationship with the United States is one of our most significant, strategic
and long-standing. In 1940 Richard Casey was sent to Washington DC by then
Prime Minister Robert Menzies – Australia’s first diplomat posted outside the
Commonwealth – highlighting the priority Australia placed on our relationship
with the United States.
new Embassy design will promote an enduring vision of a contemporary and
innovative Australia, paying tribute to the Australian landscape. The design
includes an expansive glass atrium in the centre of the building, a large open
public space looking back towards the White House, with an exhibition gallery
and function spaces.
Innovative environmental design solutions will be used throughout the building
which will have the highest global environmental design standards.
Smart is a prominent Australian architectural studio, with over 160 years of
continual practice and has designed notable buildings in Australia including
the New Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.
for this project was provided through the 2015-16 Budget process.
current Embassy building was constructed in the mid-1960s and, due to the
massive renovations required, the cost of repair is nearly equivalent to the
cost of a new building.
design for the new Embassy can be viewed at: http://dfat.gov.au/about-us/our-locations/missions/Pages/washington-embassy-project.aspx
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