In June, the Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) released a call for architects interested in designing a New Embassy Compound (NEC) in Brasília, Brazil's federal capital. Of the 48 firms deemed eligible to compete, 6 practices have been shortlisted to move on to the second and final stage of the international competition.
These 6 shortlisted teams include:
- Diller, Scofidio + Renfro
- Morphosis Architects
- Pelli, Clarke, Pelli Architects
- Rafael Viñoly Architects
- Steven Holl Architects
- Studio Gang Architects
The (up to) $350 million design-bid-build project will be located on a 4.86 hectares (12 acres) site near the seat of the Brazilian Government within the city's planned "Diplomatic Sector." Its architect will be charged with designing all the new facilities for the NEC, as well as rebuilding the surrounding compound area to include space for the Chancery, General Services Office and Support buildings, Marine Security Guard Quarters, a warehouse, parking structures, utility building, recreation facilities, and screening facilities.