US Embassy Tegucigalpa
SIZE / 392,000 SF

In 2013, SHoP was selected by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Overseas Building Operations (OBO) to realize facilities that will meet its complex operational needs while embodying and communicating the spirit and highest values of the United States. The firm is currently working with OBO on several projects around the world, the first of which is the New Embassy Compound (NEC) in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The NEC’s design takes its cues from the mountainous Honduran landscape, forming a sense of connection between the buildings and the surrounding area. The north façade addresses the city, creating a welcoming entrance to the chancery, while the east, west and south facades are more solid. As one traverses the site, the reading of the building changes considerably, from open and transparent to stately and heroic. The material palette plays an important role in connecting interior to exterior, incorporating the copper colored anodized aluminum fins used on the façade and referencing the light-toned limestone, warm, rich woods and dark stone visible throughout. Special attention has been paid to solar shading and thermal comfort, implementing strategies to mitigate solar heat gain and allow for generous daylighting.