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United States Demonstrates Commitment to Strong Ties with New Embassy Compound in Jakarta

July 09, 2012
A view of New Embassy Compound from Jalan Medan Merdeka Selatan (State Dept.)

A view of New Embassy Compound from Jalan Medan Merdeka Selatan

Jakarta - In an important symbol of America’s commitment to an enduring Comprehensive Partnership with Indonesia, U.S. Ambassador Scot Marciel today outlined plans for construction of the new U.S. Embassy.  The Embassy will remain at its existing location on Jalan Medan Merdeka Selatan as part of the United States’ effort to preserve and enhance its presence on this historic and culturally significant public square.   The $450 million project will generate jobs in both the United States and Indonesia.  The construction is expected to take five years and will involve more than 5,000 Indonesian workers. The new Embassy is scheduled to be completed in 2017.

The new Embassy in Jakarta will utilize the highest standards of design, landscape, and sustainability while supporting the special relationship with the Republic of Indonesia. The Embassy is designed to convey a sense of openness and transparency. The design team made multiple trips to Indonesia over five years to research Indonesian architecture, design and culture, and to consult with Indonesian experts in order to incorporate culturally significant elements into the design.  In this ground breaking design, glass replaces the stone typical of many U.S Embassies. The textile-inspired sunscreen and curtain wall which surround the building are directly influenced by strong traditions in Indonesian art and culture. These indigenous textures and patterns provide a theme woven into the landscape design and interior design as well, to create a recognizable, friendly, and welcoming setting for visitors to the Embassy.

The entire Embassy design integrates green building techniques and will be one of the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certified buildings constructed in Indonesia.  Among the advanced technologies incorporated into the Embassy are rain water harvesting, bio-retention areas for storm water, porous paving, photovoltaic (solar) panels, and building sunscreens.  Using these new building techniques the Embassy, for example, will be entirely self-sufficient in capturing and processing all water that will be needed on the Embassy compound.  The sunscreens will reduce the building’s cooling load by 25%.   

The multi-building complex will support the U.S. Embassy and U.S. Mission to ASEAN staff with more than 36,000 usable square meters of working space. The site plan includes a 10 story Chancery, parking garage, support annex, utility building, consular waiting area, three entrance facilities and restoration of a historic building on the site.  As part of the project the United States will relocate and restore the historic building which the Republic of Indonesia delegation occupied during negotiations with the Dutch in 1949.  The restoration will use internationally recognized preservation techniques under the guidance of a local historic preservationist.  When completed, the restored historic building will be visible from Jalan Medan Merdeka Selatan.

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