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U.S. Embassy Caracas

This project is a 100,000-sf, (9,000-sm) five-story building recessed into the bedrock of the Andean foothills.  Its position, upon a promontory formed by two plateaus, allows for panoramic views of the city below.  The building structure, with no internal joints, is cast-in-situ reinforced concrete; designed and constructed to withstand terrorist attack.  The structure is constructed to withstand a variety of loads, including Uniform Building Code Zone Three seismic loading, blast loading, wind loading, and lateral earth pressure applied by three levels of earth against the back face of the building.
 

Location

Caracas, Venezuela 

 

Owner

U.S. Department of State

 

Architect

Gunnar Birkerts and Associates