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Bates Smart

Australian Embassy

Washington, DC

Client: Bates Smart

Building Size: 200,000 gsf

Project Cost: $237 million

Certifications: Seeking LEED Platinum

Located on Embassy Row in Washington, DC, the original Australian Embassy building was officially opened in 1964. Replacement of the existing structure is now underway with the design of a 200,000 gsf new environmentally sensitive and contemporary building. The highly sustainable project will feature an expansive central glass atrium designed to draw natural light into the center of the building. A large open area on the ground floor forms the main entry into the building, which leads to an exhibition gallery and spaces for public functions, while the upper levels house work spaces. Sustainability features include a thermally efficient facade, a green roof covered in photovoltaics and abundance of natural light throughout the building.

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