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Guangzhou Consulate Recognized For Design Excellence

Published on 04 January 2014

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by Office of the Spokesperson


Washington, D.C.

Guangzhou Consulate
Guangzhou Consulate

The U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou, China, ranks among the best workplace buildings designed by American architects in 2013, according to a review conducted by the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

The facility, opened officially in July, is located on a site of more than 3 hectares in Guangzhou’s central business district. Located amid gardens next to the Pearl River, the diplomatic complex of seven buildings serves U.S. interests in the region, and also welcomes Chinese citizens applying for travel visas to the United States.

The Great Hall in the complex offers visitors a light-flooded space decorated with native finishes of local wood and stone. The building concept devised by the firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill of San Francisco promotes the seamless movement of thousands of daily applicants through the process.

The building’s “unfussy massing and frank expression lends it a degree of candor and simplicity,” according to the award citation from the AIA publication Architect, announcing results of the organization’s annual design review.

The Guangzhou consulate building was one of four professional buildings recognized by the AIA. A total of 17 buildings received citations in six functional categories, with more than 250 designs by American architectural firms considered in the competitive process.



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Posted 2014-01-04 14:08:00