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Philadelphia based architecture firm Kierantimberlake, has been selected to design the new American Embassy in London. the announcement was made yesterday by the United States department of state. Construction is set to begin in 2013, and the new Embassy is planned for completion by 2017. The project will cost approximately $500 million. The design places the Embassy building at the center of the Nine Elms site and develops the surrounding area into an urban park. It also meets security standards while honoring the english tradition of urban parks and gardens as the context for many civic buildings.

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