The landscape design for the new eight-building U.S. Embassy campus in this Mediterranean capital reflects the contemporary needs of a modern, diplomatic campus and the rich history of the island nation. Many artifacts, including early Roman tombs, remain buried within the site in accordance with the country’s Environmental Protection Agency’s preservation methods. In these archaeological areas, broad stone gardens contain exposed, native limestone to define the area, and an engraved, stone interpretive element gives information about the preserved cultural resources beneath. Native and readily-adapted plantings fit into the island’s dry climate and help create the U.S. Embassy program’s first cactus garden, requiring no irrigation. Along with two large cisterns harvesting 90% of the site’s water for reuse, the specialty gardens, site wide plantings, and archaeological gardens contribute to the campus’s sensitive, sustainable design.
Client – U.S. Department of State Overseas Buildings Operations