Part of the Department of State’s continued efforts to increase security, resilience, and sustainability, the U.S. Embassy Maputo was selected for a new campus with modern, functional buildings to support its diplomatic mission
The 180,000 sf, 10-acre project sits along the coastal highway of the Madagascar Strait leading from the city center. Along with the Department, the chancery houses other federal agencies, including USAID, CDC, and Commerce.
The design responds to the functional and security needs of the embassy as well as environmental and social factors that help to convey the ideals, principles, technical innovation, and design leadership of the United States. The perimeter of the embassy is formed as a veil of Ultra High-Performance Concrete (UHPC) that provides extraordinary strength while screening the building from the intense light and glare near the Tropic of Capricorn. The “veil” was manufactured off site in modules to meet schedule and on-site storage needs.