US Embassy in Gaza

  • Alfred To, M.Arch.II 2015
  • Hometown Hong Kong, China
  • Class ARCH 7912 Design B: Topics Studio
  • Instructor Caroline O'Donnell
    Michael Jefferson

The studio interrogates and challenges the nature of an embassy building by conceptualizing architecture as a manifestation of behaviors. The US Embassy in Gaza draws inspiration from America's vulgarity: a glamour produced by excessive accumulations, with a single-minded goal of commercial growth. The project imagines that future embassies will also have corporate sponsors. American corporate logos are distorted and transformed into three-dimensional spaces for chancery programs, occupying a generic body of office spaces. Ultimately, the graphic meanings of the logos are eroded by the excessiveness. The embassy takes on a new identity beyond nostalgic sentiment of American corporations.