US Embassy Campus

Set on a 43.87-acre site, the complex will include a Chancery, a Marine security guard residence, housing, and support and community spaces. The design features sculptural forms integrated into the landscape via long spans of green roofs. The Embassy’s design draws on local building techniques adapted to the dramatic coastal topography, using a system of interwoven terraces that work with the landscape to enhance security, function, and performance. Buildings are clustered to promote walkability.

Blending with the density and character of the neighborhood, the Campus maintains a low profile along Aoukar Road, culminating in the symbolic rise of the Chancery, consulate, and public function areas at the highest point of the site. Consular services and areas dedicated to public diplomatic functions are designed around visitor experience, with comfortable waiting areas, shaded gardens, and an art program featuring site-specific commissions from international and Lebanese artists. Extending from the Chancery, ribbon-like residential buildings frame the campus’ central service and circulation corridor, a community “main street” with outdoor plazas and dining for Embassy staff.

The new Embassy pursues rigorous energy-saving and sustainability goals, aiming to reduce environmental impact, optimize building performance, and enhance the self-sufficiency of the campus. The sustainable design strategies include LEED Neighborhood Development; a LEED Platinum and net zero energy Chancery; net zero water for site irrigation; a full waste-water treatment facility on site; rainwater reuse for toilet flushing; and a majority of building heating supplied through heat recovery systems. Taking advantage of the mild Mediterranean climate, natural lighting and airflow are used whenever possible to reduce energy usage and improve interior ambiance. Landscaping and green roofs across the Embassy use water-saving native plantings, while significant habitat regeneration throughout the site will preserve the local ecosystem.


Renderings provided by Morphosis


Beirut, Lebanon




1,001,043 SF




US Department of State, OBO


• Architecture
• Master Planning
• Sustainable Design
• Security
• Interior Design