ABA‘s design for the Rehabilitation and Expansion of the US Embassy in Athens, Greece, will renew the landmark Chancery and create connectivity in the complex of buildings and landscapes. Designed by the internationally renowned modernist architect Walter Gropius in 1961, the Athens Chancery is listed on the US Secretary of State’s Register of Culturally Significant Property. The Chancery is Gropius’ largest civic work, a visible symbol of United States diplomacy abroad.
ABA’s design approach integrates historic preservation, campus planning, sustainability, and contemporary architecture, and includes the creation of a new vehicular and pedestrian entrance to the compound, a new central entrance to the Embassy complex, and a 60,000 SF addition. The project improves security while promoting community, collaboration and design excellence throughout the Embassy. A unified 230,000 GSF complex creates a sense of place for over 600 members of the Embassy community with new landscapes, modern workplace settings, and spaces for gathering, ceremony, and diplomacy.