The new U.S. Embassy supports the continued expansion of U.S.-Guatemalan diplomatic, security, and commercial relations with a design that integrates techniques of local pre-Hispanic architecture with modern forms. The campus symbolizes the strength of a shared commitment to democracy, human rights, sustainable economic development, and increased cooperation on shared global priorities.
Whether in the consular services section where Guatemalan citizens form their first impressions of the United States or through the public diplomacy programs that spur dialogues and provide opportunities for cultural exchanges, the campus provides welcoming spaces that are accessible and approachable. The open courtyards, cafeteria, and collaboration spaces create community within the embassy staff, and the representational spaces extend that openness to welcome guests for events.
The new embassy employs rigorous energy-saving and sustainability strategies to reduce environmental impact, optimize building performance, and enhance self-sufficiency. The landscape serves as site-wide stormwater management, with bioswales capturing rainwater and filtering out pollutants, capturing 100% of water falling on the site. Treated wastewater irrigates the landscape when needed and replenishes the cooling towers year-round. The site design provides for significant areas of forest and native vegetation—creating a link to nearby green spaces, promoting the local ecosystem, supporting wildlife and habitat growth, and reducing potable water needs for the landscape.
- 18,000 GSM new construction
- 9.4-acre site