SHoP is currently working on several diplomatic projects around the world, including the United States Embassy in Tegucigalpa.
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 values of the United States. The new embassy compound in Tegucigalpa, Honduras considers the facility from the inside out as an efficient and inspiring place to work or visit, taking cues as well from the mountainous local landscape.
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.