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Future US embassy in Britain a 'timeless' vision in glass
AFP ^ | Feb 23, 2010 | AFP

Posted on 02/23/2010 1:38:54 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper

The United States announced Tuesday that it has chosen a cutting-edge, energy-efficient design by acclaimed US architecture firm KieranTimberlake for its future embassy in Britain.

The building, a towering glass cube covered with a thin sheath of photo-voltaic cells "met the goal of creating a modern, welcoming, timeless, safe and energy-efficient embassy for the 21st century," the State Department said.

"The concept holds the greatest potential for developing a truly iconic embassy and is on the leading edge of sustainable design."

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: bhostatedept; bhouk; soshillary; usembassy
It looks like a dark cloud is on the way...


1 posted on 02/23/2010 1:38:55 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

It’s right on the street. What would one good-sized car bomb do to all the people sitting behind that glass?


2 posted on 02/23/2010 1:40:30 PM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I guess you could call a box timeless. So is a stick.


3 posted on 02/23/2010 1:41:05 PM PST by DManA
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To: Berlin_Freeper

What is wrong with the existing one?


4 posted on 02/23/2010 1:41:10 PM PST by edcoil (If I had 1 cent for every dollar the government saved, Bill Gates and I would be friends.)
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To: edcoil

Not enough photo-voltaics.


5 posted on 02/23/2010 1:42:31 PM PST by DManA
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To: Berlin_Freeper

The Brits should cut all diplomatic ties just for us suggesting it!


6 posted on 02/23/2010 1:44:00 PM PST by OSHA (Hey Muzzie! The Earth is not flat, When your face is toward mecca your a$$ is too!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

hmmm, very Borg


7 posted on 02/23/2010 1:45:19 PM PST by NativeSon
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To: Berlin_Freeper

It looks like one of those disposable flash cubes wrapped in panty hose.

Yuck.


8 posted on 02/23/2010 1:46:16 PM PST by texmexis best
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To: Berlin_Freeper

For security, they’d better put some minarets on it.


9 posted on 02/23/2010 1:49:02 PM PST by tarheelswamprat
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To: edcoil
What is wrong with the existing one?

The current one, though it appears to be very solidly constructed of reinforced concrete, is too close to the street and vulnerable to vehicle-borne explosives, it seems to me.

But judging from this illustration, this appears as if it will be less solidly constructed and also vulnerable to street attack.

10 posted on 02/23/2010 1:49:20 PM PST by SirJohnBarleycorn
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To: Berlin_Freeper
covered with a thin sheath of photo-voltaic cells

Not sure how much use they'll be in London !

As for Wandsworth for a location, the place must've changed a lot . . . .

11 posted on 02/23/2010 1:49:33 PM PST by 1066AD
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To: edcoil

It's a rectangle prism. Just wont do....

12 posted on 02/23/2010 1:51:22 PM PST by CJ Wolf
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To: Berlin_Freeper

People who live in glass houses need to be very sure where they are when thing start to go bad because everyone can see what you are doing all the time and that may not be to your advantage!!!


13 posted on 02/23/2010 1:52:56 PM PST by handy old one (If you play in nature be prepared to be played with by nature!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

How pathetic.

I see a 1970s “international style” knock-off in a cheap trendy PC suit.
And there are literally freaking trees on the upper opening, really?

Why not just add super graphics that say “We’re Green” see? we even gave a corner office to the mighty Elm

Design by committee, and an unimaginative PC committee at that.


14 posted on 02/23/2010 1:54:38 PM PST by DanielRedfoot (What a fool believes, No wise man has the power to reason away)
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To: Non-Sequitur
What would one good-sized car bomb do to all the people sitting behind that glass?

I've been in newer fed buildings that have measures to prevent/stop the glass shrapnel

15 posted on 02/23/2010 1:55:49 PM PST by NativeSon
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To: Berlin_Freeper

It looks like the Borg have landed...


16 posted on 02/23/2010 1:58:37 PM PST by Bean Counter (I keeps mah feathers numbered, for just such an emergency...)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
They should let this guy design it.


17 posted on 02/23/2010 2:00:06 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

That does not even look like London to me.


18 posted on 02/23/2010 2:04:26 PM PST by C19fan
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I find the resemblance disturbing. It looks like the cube in Mecca with the outside covered by the skin of the World Trade Center.

19 posted on 02/23/2010 2:06:21 PM PST by Ingtar (I closed my eyes, only for a moment, and the moment's gone...)
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To: Cicero

Funny thing- I’ll bet Chaz has a say in the design.

He has big Architectural opinions such as “Critical Regionalism” which means (in a nut shell) the new buildings need to look like the older ones. If he had his way, everything would look like antiquity.

But I guess the “Green” crap trumps that.


20 posted on 02/23/2010 2:10:19 PM PST by DanielRedfoot (What a fool believes, No wise man has the power to reason away)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Nothing is Too good for our rulers. Just make the damn think out of diamonds. We can afford it.


21 posted on 02/23/2010 2:11:06 PM PST by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Is the U.S. Government stupid or What?All a terrorist would have to do is park a truck bomb in front of that deathtrap and kill thousands of people.

Instead of building these facilities too look good they need to build them harder.

I’d hate to work in that thing.


22 posted on 02/23/2010 2:28:25 PM PST by puppypusher
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To: Non-Sequitur

It’s right on the street. What would one good-sized car bomb do to all the people sitting behind that glass?

Sorry!I didn’t see your post before I posted mine.I just can’t believe the stupidity of these govenment officials.


23 posted on 02/23/2010 2:30:04 PM PST by puppypusher
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To: Berlin_Freeper
1st design Photobucket
24 posted on 02/23/2010 2:38:30 PM PST by Pajama Blogger
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To: Berlin_Freeper

If you were going to use solar energy one would think that the building would be oriented east-west with the south side sloped based on the latitude to intercept the most solar radiation. Just a thought.


25 posted on 02/23/2010 2:59:25 PM PST by Citizen Tom Paine
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To: Non-Sequitur

Impervious to everything except a thrown stone? People in glass houses, etc.


26 posted on 02/23/2010 4:13:35 PM PST by kiltie65
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To: Berlin_Freeper

It looks like a flashbulb from an old Polaroid. When it is burned out, unplug the Embassy and plug a new one in.

Who approves these ideas?


27 posted on 02/23/2010 7:01:13 PM PST by GAB-1955 (I write books, love my wife, serve my nation, and believe in the Resurrection.)
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