Last week the Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri, and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal broke ground on a new chancery building for the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi. WEISS/MANFREDI has been commissioned by the Department of State to re-envision the iconic embassy compound in New Delhi. Anticipated completion of the entire campus project is Fall 2027.
The U.S. Embassy will remain on the existing 28-acre site in New Delhi’s diplomatic enclave — the Chanakyapuri neighborhood — next to the original, Edward Durrell Stone-designed chancery building listed on the Secretary’s Register of Culturally Significant Properties. The new multi-building campus will bridge the past and the present while providing a modern chancery and office annex, staff residences, and support facilities. The initial construction phase includes the new buildings and a water-efficient, weather-resilient landscape. Future plans include a renovation of the original chancery building. This project will provide a secure, functional, sustainable, and resilient platform for U.S. diplomacy in India. “The new design restores the early modernist Chancery Building and recasts the 28-acre embassy compound into a multi-functional campus,” says the WEISS/MANFREDI website.
The project includes a new office building, a support annex, and a transformed landscape that will provide a secure campus for America’s growing mission to India. A new tree-lined central green offers shade, connects functional zones across the campus, and introduces reciprocal relationships between the buildings and gardens. Inspired by India’s enduring tradition of weaving together architecture and landscape, a series of cast stone screens, canopies, and garden walls introduce a resilient integrated design language that brings the campus into the twenty-first century.
According to U.S. Department of State, the new design will provide a secure and resilient platform for U.S. diplomacy in New Delhi. As a result of this project, an estimated $200 million will be invested in the local economy and an estimated 800 Indian workers will be employed at the peak of construction activities.