The new Beijing US Embassy, the second largest in the world (after Iraq), is a sign of the unparalleled importance of US-China relations going forward.
Beijing U.S. Embassy – Photos
I first saw pictures of the Embassy on Wangjianshuo’s site:
photo courtesy US Embassy Beijing
Scale Model of the Beijing Embassy:
Plan of US Embassy in Beijing:
plan courtesy Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Beijing US Embassy Facts:
- Beijing Embassy houses staff of 1,100 representing 26 agencies, according to Ambassador Clark T. Randt.
- Project Size: 500,000 square feet of space
- Site Area: 10 acres
- Stories: 8
- Building Height: 45 meters
- Construction started: 5/28/2004
- Cost: $434 mm USD / RMB 2,976,632,400
- Number of local workers who helped in the construction: 1,500
- Designed by team from San Francisco office of Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill, led by Craig Hartman
Beijing Embassy Artwork:
Photo of Jeff Koons, Tulips. Not sure if this is the same one:
photo from Wikipedia
According to China Daily , Cai Guoqiang’s piece has special significance:
Chinese artist Cai Guoqiang’s Gun Powder work Eagle Landing on the Pine Branch is displayed inside the Atrium Office building of the new US Embassy compound in Beijing, August 5, 2008. The motifs of eagle and pine trees were chosen for their symbolic value in both China and the United States, representing the friendship and cooperation between the two countries. Cai Guoqiang, trained in stage design at the Shanghai Drama Institute, is renowned for his gunpowder works on paper and is one of the major stage designers for the Closing Ceremony of the upcoming Beijing Olympic Games.
Here is a photo of the piece:
Photo courtesy China Daily
More facts can be found on the US Embassy Fact Sheet for the NEC (New Embassy Compound)
Beijing Embassy Location (according to Wangjianshuo):
- located near Beijing Airport Express Sanyuanqiao Station (see Beijing Subway Guide on CNReviews, Beijing Subway on Beijingology)
- located near Liangmahe Station of Line 10 Subway
I’m sure things are busy there during the Games!