The U.S. Embassy in London officially opened in January 2018.

The 65m tall, 12 storey building, designed by Kieran Timberlake, successful combines high tech security with a transparent, open aesthetic to give the appearance of a crystalline cube.

Commissioned during Obama’s presidency, the embassy makes use of responsibly sourced materials to demonstrate ‘a commitment to mapping a passage toward a diplomacy for the environment’.

This commitment helped the building achieve a BREEAM Outstanding rating and a shortlist position in the 2016 BREEAM Awards.

When it comes to sustainable materials, stainless steel is the perfect choice for architects working towards BREEAM and LEED; It is an incredibly durable material and an estimated 92% of the stainless steel used in architecture, building and construction is recaptured and recycled at the end of service.

INTRAsystems supplied stainless steel grilles for the heating trenches running around the perimeter of the ground floor.  As these trenches continued past the threshold, the grilles were shot-peened to provide an anti-slip finish.

The 1.2m wide grilles were manufactured to bespoke templates to ensure a precise fit around the uniquely shaped window mullions.

For continuity, the same specification was used to mask the support structure holding up the magnificent crest in the lobby.

To find out more about our complete range of stainless steel, carbon steel and aluminium grilles, download our architectural grilles brochure.

System:
INTRAgrille T5060
Specification:
Shot peen finish, 10x2 support profile, 100mm support spacing and 5mm slot gap
Architect:
Kieran Timberlake
Location:
London