This U.S. Embassy replaces an aging compound with a major contemporary presence suited to Indonesia’s growing international importance. The architecture is notable for being one of the first examples of the Department of State’s commitment to Design Excellence. To mitigate the impact of perimeter security on the host city, the Embassy uses a carefully designed sequence of planted setbacks, low knee walls and terraces, and ornamental fencing.
The landscaping saves the existing large trees and reconstructs a historic residence on the site as a garden pavilion. We executed sustainable design strategies for the project, and in a city subject to a monsoon climate, frequent flooding, and a shortage of potable water, the new Jakarta Embassy is neutral in its impact to water resources and infrastructure. Domestic water needs are met by rooftop rain water collection and condensate harvesting, and site irrigation is provided by treated wastewater.