The Embassy Gardens has been in the news quite a bit at the moment, with Trump famously stating he would not come to visit the new £800 million US Embassy at Nine Elms, stating it was a ‘bad deal’. The controversial deal to move the US Embassy from Grovesnor Square over to other side of the river though has resulted in a huge redevelopment of the whole area, with Nine Elms becoming a cultural district for the area, especially with the redevelopment of the Battersea Power Station.
Our focus for this case study though is the Grand Foyer lobby, which is located in the Ambassador Building, right across from the US Embassy. The lobby which has just been shortlisted for the Surface Design Awards 2018 takes its inspiration from the classic members’ clubs and grand foyers of palaces and 5-star hotels.
We interviewed Maida Hot, Managing Director at Gia Equation, the lighting company which created the huge and striking lighting piece that sits behind the main lobby desk. The project which also included the assistance of Luis Bustamente Studio and Jan Hendrix takes inspiration from a tree canopy which weirdly connects to other case study film this month at the Science Museum (you check out the full interview film here)
For more information about Gia Equation, visit their website here
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