Embassy of the United States of America to the Philippines–New Office Annex Building
The overall building program for this annex building of the U.S. Embassy in Manila was designed and constructed under the supervision and authority of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO). GFP was selected as lead architect.
Together with local interior and engineering designers, the final design was developed consistent with OBO’s standard International Building Code (IBC), Life Safety Code, and American Disabilities Act (ADA), including other pertinent engineering code provisions.
For design planning purposes, OBO engaged Einhorn Yaffee Prescott Architecture & Engineering from New York to develop the schematic design.
Sensitive to the local culture, the façade features a series of ascending green roof lines with strong horizontal ribs that evoke the famous Banaue Rice Terraces in Ifugao, Mountain Province.
The grid patterns formed by the scouring or rustication on the exterior concrete walls also reflect the artistic weave of the banig or local sleeping mat. Extensive use of aluminum shades exemplifies “shade and screen” design approach in the tradition of the bahay kubo or Quonset hut, as well as the Spanish colonial era bahay na bato or stone house.
Additionally, the design incorporated energy-efficient features while meeting stringent seismic code and “green” building standards. The facility was certified as a LEED® Gold building in August 2012 by the U.S. Green Building Council.