Located on the existing 14-acre U.S. Embassy site, the new embassy is a multi-building project that will support the continued growth of U.S.–Paraguayan diplomatic and commercial relations. The campus will include the chancery, support facilities, embassy community amenities, and parking.
Portland, Oregon-based ZGF Architects is the architect, and Caddell Construction is the construction contractor. An estimated workforce of 500 Paraguayan, U.S., and third-country national workers have been involved over several years in the construction of the rejuvenated campus.
The current U.S. Embassy in Asuncion, an architectural feat when it was opened in the 1960s, is now simply outdated and unable to accommodate the current needs of Mission Paraguay. The new embassy will provide American and Paraguayan staff with a modern, safe, and environmentally responsible workplace, incorporating additional meeting rooms as well as space to host public events. The new building will also provide for a larger and more comfortable consular services area to better serve visa applicants and American citizens.
The building’s design draws from Guarani culture and traditional Paraguayan customs with local materials in earth tones. The site incorporates simple, cohesive building forms with the existing landscape design to create opportunities for outdoor meetings and events. The integrated approach uses breezeways, deep overhangs, and porches to create shade and reduce solar heat gain. Canopy structures enable circulation across the site, directing people to their destinations while providing protection from sun and rain.
The new embassy campus achieves rigorous energy-saving and sustainability goals, reducing environmental impact and optimizing building performance. The project is registered with USGBC’s LEED® – a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices – and has a goal of silver certification. The site is also a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.
The permanent art collection, curated by the Office of Art in Embassies, will include art in a variety of media, including painting, photography, textile, and sculpture – incorporating artists from both Paraguay and the United States. The ultimate focus of the collection will be artwork that creates a dialogue of shared cultural values between the U.S. and Paraguay.