The sale of the existing urban facility provided ample funds to purchase new land in a remote London suburb and to hire Kieran Timberlake to design a striking new embassy. Its expansive, light-filled cafeteria was designed to host important embassy events formerly held off-site at great expense. To add to the benefits, a new cafe offers a perfect venue for staff happy hours.
As a consultant to URS Corporation, HOPKINS designed a new 25,000 square foot dining hall to serve up to 3,000 soldiers 22 hours a day. When the budget for this project was slashed, HOPKINS was sent to Djibouti to survey surplus foodservice equipment in storage to identify pieces that could be salvaged to allow the project to proceed through construction.
Renzo Piano’s award-winning tower was fit out by Gensler and includes a major transformation of the Times’ old food service system. A full-service catering kitchen also was designed for the Times Center for in-house use and for commercial caterers.
This new $25 million facility is the first of more than 20 State Department Bureau of Overseas Building Operations’ projects with HOPKINS that make use of various teams and an array of contracting methods. Built with ZGF on a hilltop overlooking the Bosporus, the new embassy is surrounded by a landscape planted with plenty of figs and grapes. No one goes hungry on this hill.