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U.S. Consulate General Wins Architect Magazine Design Award

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Source: Architect Magazine

For the jury, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)’s new U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou, China, sends an important message: “The consulate building is representative of a quality that we want to continue to see in foreign projects, where our soft culture can be embraced,” juror Sheila Kennedy said. The 150,000-square-foot building’s unfussy massing and frank expression lent it a degree of candor and simplicity that propelled it to the top of the heap. Where so many diplomatic buildings abroad seem to deploy heavy-handed rhetoric, SOM’s shoots for understatement, using local materials and brightly lit façades at either end of the tube-shaped main structure to give it a sense of warmth and welcome.

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