In a demonstration of the ever-deepening ties of friendship that propel the U.S.-India Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership, U.S. Ambassador to India Kenneth I. Juster, India’s Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri, and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal broke ground on a new chancery building for the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi.
WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism was selected as design architect by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) in 2015. Anticipated completion of the entire campus project is Fall 2027. Following on the first phase of this long-term master plan includes a new office building, a support annex, and a unifying landscape that will provide a secure campus for America’s Mission in India.
The design enables the restoration of Edward Durell Stone’s early modernist Chancery Building and recasts the 28-acre embassy compound into a multi-functional, resilient campus. A tree-lined promenade links all new and existing buildings on the campus, connects functional zones, and introduces reciprocal relationships between buildings and gardens. Inspired by India’s enduring tradition of weaving together architecture and landscape, a series of cast stone screens, canopies, reflecting pools, and garden walls introduce a resilient, integrated design language.
The Office of Art in Embassies is curating an art collection that will showcase works from both Indian and U.S. artists in a variety of media, including paintings, photography, textiles, and sculptures. Highlights include a site-specific work by contemporary Indian artist Bharti Kher whose stone inlay piece will be integrated permanently into the India-sourced marble flooring for the consular area and a glass installation by American artist Spencer Finch that will be positioned below the office building’s entry skylight, filling the space with colorful, dappled shadows. Source and images Courtesy of WEISS/MANFREDI.