Starting in 2005 and consulting to the project architects, our team was involved with the planning of a new U.S. Embassy compound in Oslo, Norway.
The site features an existing stream surrounded by meadows and woodland just outside of the city center. The landscape design reflects a theme of preserving and enhancing these natural areas and signifies the regional character of the Oslo landscape. We provided extensive design and grading studies to minimize the visual impact of required security structures and an underground parking area.
The main entry and visitor plazas to the Chancery have sliding bands of granite pavers with placed natural boulders that mimic the geological imprint of the great mountains and fjords of Norway. The existing stream was relocated to be a central feature of the compound, where a riverstone stream bed and slopes scattered with boulders and native plantings creates a riparian feature to collect and cleanse on-site stormwater naturally. New plantings of wildflowers and native grasses re-create the naturalized meadows currently existing on site. Tree species indigenous to Norway were planted to provide shade along walks, frame views of the architecture and screen service areas.
In 2017, the project received LEED Gold certification.
ClientU.S. Department of State Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations
LEED CertificationLEED Gold
Awards2019 AIA Eastern NY Design Awards: Institutional Honor Award in Design with EYP Architects
TeamJohn Amodeo, Principal
Nicholas Healy, Senior Associate