Situated along the Indian Ocean in the capital city of Mozambique, the new United States Embassy Compound in Maputo spreads across 10 acres and includes nine buildings for working, living, community outreach and special events. The design balances the goals of security and transparency; site-cast concrete walls form the primary structure and extend into the landscape, while a pre-cast brise-soleil of Ultra High Performance Concrete (UHPC) allows in light, ventilation and views that emphasize the landscape’s natural beauty, which transitions from beachfront to forested hills.

With influences ranging from local textiles and handcrafts to mid-century modern buildings in Maputo, the brise-soleil and massing combine place-awareness with American technological and design leadership. Covered walkways facilitate easy movement between different campus locations, including the main Chancery, Marine Security Guard Quarters, community facilities, and service buildings—all of which have been carefully arranged to create consular gardens and lawns for public events as well as the secure use of Embassy personnel.