Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Appropriation | Advertisement | Friendship

Designed by Edward Durrell Stone, the embassy complex in New Delhi, India, breaks away from traditional diplomatic styles previously employed by the United States. The building attempts to act as a symbol of friendship between the two nations and activate an aesthetic sensibility of East meets West. While the form of the embassy is similar to other international-style buildings with clean lines, thin columns, and raised podium, it also utilizes traditional Indian motifs and building methods in its construction. Appearing quite modern at first glance, the perforated screen and the interior courtyard with water garden are reminiscent of traditional Indian architecture. The location of the building in the diplomatic precinct also affords high visibility. Not only are diplomatic activities occurring within, but the embassy itself becomes a symbol of the relationship and negotiation between two countries and cultures.

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