U.S. Consulate

To coincide with the resumption of U.S. diplomatic relations with Vietnam, this new consulate was designed and built with a limited budget using local labor and a simple design scheme on a fast-track schedule. Using simple materials like the standing seam metal roof and a plain stucco façade, the design melded into the local neighborhood and achieved a low construction cost ($100.00/sf). The consulate processes more than 1,500 visas per day and all applicants remain outside under well-appointed open pavilions as they wait and conduct business at multiple teller booths. Automated queuing systems control the high volume of visitors. The project introduced a new wide transaction window that has since become standard. The sawtooth window alignment provides acoustical control and privacy for applicants.



Ho Chi Minh, Viet Nam


27,000 SF


U.S. Department of State, OBO




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