By Evan Lewis
The U.S. embassy team in Ankara, Türkiye, bid farewell to their former embassy building in the Kavaklidere neighborhood and began operations at their new campus, Aug. 29. The new embassy is situated on a nine-acre site in the Söğütözü business district and supports the continued growth of U.S.-Turkish diplomatic relations well into the future.
Designed by Ennead Architects of New York, the new embassy echoes the rich architectural traditions of the region while seamlessly integrating rigorous sustainability strategies that minimize the building’s impact on the local environment. Efficient mechanical, electrical, water, and lighting systems enhance the self-sufficiency of the campus and significantly reduce operational costs. The landscape design prioritizes the use of native vegetation to benefit local wildlife and conserve water. The project is on track to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification—a global green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices.
A variety of artwork is displayed on the campus and reflects an understanding of the diversity and richness of U.S. and Turkish cultural heritage.
The construction of the new embassy has significantly contributed to the local community with approximately $175 million invested in the local economy over the course of the project. The new embassy symbolizes the United States’ investment in the region and is a message of commitment to diplomacy in the Republic of Türkiye.
Evan Lewis is a media relations analyst at the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations.