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This project was the winning entry in a national design competition. Construction document were completed in collaboration with Kunwon Architects, Planners & Engineers in Seoul and Bejing Capital Engineering in Beijing. The site is located across from a park in a new embassy district of Beijing and the 162,000 square foot complex includes government offices, Ambassador's residence and housing for diplomatic staff.

In order to accommodate official and domestic functions simultaneously, the site is divided to create two courtyards. The large paved reception court is used for formal entry of state officials and their motorcades. Enclosure of the court is completed by a wall of housing on the south side, separated by water and a terraced garden area. In contrast to the paved entry court, the smaller domestic courtyard is planted with trees and aromatic greenery. This space is punctuated by the Ambassador's residence with private outdoor reception areas. The office building is organized around a multi-story atrium with linear balconies overlooking the park.

Project Team: Robert Siegel, Jim Garrison, John Kim, Sarah Raines, Ed Rawlings, Jane Stageberg, William Truitt, Wayne Walker (project completed with prior firm)

Kunwon Planners, Architects & Engineers (Seoul) Dong-Hee Lee, Sae-Ho Jeon, Seung-Joon Shin

Bejing Capital Engineering Ltd. (Beijing) Consultants: Ove Arup & Partners, New York City (HVAC schematics), Tor Smolen Calini & Anastos, New York City (structural schematics),Eagon Window & Door Systems, Seoul (curtainwall), Daewoo Electronics, Seoul (data and telecommunications),Y.H. Moon Electrical Design, Seoul (electrical),Yea Won, Seoul (landscape), Woowon Corporation, Seoul (mechanical) Jeon and Kotec, Seoul (structural)

Korean Embassy in China

New Embassy

Photography: ©

Size (sf): 162,000

Cost: $35,000,000

Completed: 2004

Awards: Winner of national competition

Published In: Architectural Record, Oculus

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