U.S. Consulate Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam

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.

 

Location:

Ho Chi Minh, Viet Nam

Size:

27,000 SF

Client:

U.S. Department of State, OBO

Cost:

$2.74M

Services:

• Architecture
• Master Planning
• Sustainable Design
• Security
• Construction Administration
• Interior Design
• Programming
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