The new campus of the US embassy in Vietnam, worth $1.2 billion, marks an important milestone for both countries’ diplomatic partnership.
|Strategically placed courtyards provide moments of connection and relaxation for embassy staff, while also allowing light into the surrounding office space |
The agreement to build the new US embassy’s campus in Vietnam came hot on the heels on US Vice President Kamala Harris’ recent visit to the Southeast Asian country.
In early 2021, the Hanoi authorities approved the US to lease the site, issuing a decision for 99 years for the campus for an area of 3.2 hectares.
The architecture of the campus, roughly costing $1.2 billion, will be designed by the US company EYP Architecture & Engineering. The company identifies itself as “an integrated design firm specialising in higher education, government, healthcare, and science & technology”.
|The area between Cau Giay Park and Pham Van Bach is an active urban boulevard within the serenity of nature |
Uniquely situated on an urban boulevard, the 8-acre campus connects the bustling city with the tranquillity of the adjacent Cau Giay Park. Inspired by Halong Bay in northeast Vietnam, which is known for its shimmering waters and thousands of towering limestone islands, the building materials portray America’s forward-looking, reflective, and transparent approach to diplomacy, EYP said.
According to the Washington D.C.-based company, diplomatic functions are organised under a grand civic canopy displayed along the boulevard, while community areas are oriented with views to the park. In the elevated gallery and outdoor terrace, visitors can join dignitaries at an afternoon reception in a secure environment.