US Consulate Hyderabad, India

Reflecting History and Culture Through Unique Design

RICHÄRD | KENNEDY ARCHITECTS as Architects

Throughout India, the spinning wheel of the weaver is universally recognized as a symbol of independence. The concept of weaving influences the architecture and site design of the new U.S. Consulate General in Hyderabad, honoring the rich history of the host nation. 

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The flowing form of the new U.S. Consulate General in Hyderabad India captures the essence of the textile strands woven into one another and respectfully overlaid on the dynamic, rugged, and culturally significant landscape of the site. Functional "strands" of the Chancery building program are interwoven, forming a continuous architectural element.   The building skillfully integrates function, security, and sustainability while responding to its site to create a landmark building. 

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The concept, planning, and design harmonizes with the site topography, minimizing impact and limiting extensive excavation as a gesture of respect towards the culturally significant landscape. Where earthwork was necessary, boulders were salvaged for reuse in the landscape design for the compound. The sensitive site approach compliments a small adjacent nature preserve featuring a seasonal lake integral to regional stormwater management, together forming an urban oasis representative of the native landscape all but disappeared within a context of rapid commercial development in the surrounding area.

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The main building is cast in white concrete, overlaid with an ornamental shade screen to unify the programmatically driven building openings. It is articulated as a jali screen, a traditional response to the need for shade and privacy providing filtered light and view. The screen panels are crafted of brass, a material used throughout India with rich, timeless qualities and deep cultural reference. The geometric patterning is parametrically manipulated to modulate the openness of the screen to provide controlled light and selective views to interior spaces such as the representation gallery situated along the primary elevations.  

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The project stands as a testament to the unwavering commitment of the U.S. Consulate General in Hyderabad to strengthen diplomatic ties and foster mutual understanding. Beyond its architectural prowess, the new consulate embodies the ideals and values that the United States holds dear, seamlessly blending democratic principles with a respectful nod to India's rich heritage. By offering a secure, adaptable, and sustainable facility, this landmark establishment not only fulfills the client's mission to represent the U.S. government with distinction but also extends a welcoming embrace to the growing international community in Hyderabad. The new Consulate General serves as a beacon of collaboration and partnership, ensuring a bright and interconnected future for both nations, bolstered by diplomacy, security, and shared aspirations.

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