U.S. Embassy Bridging Documents
Consulting to the project architects, CRJA has been involved with the planning of a new U.S. Embassy compound in Oslo, Norway, since 2005.
The site features an existing stream surrounded by meadows and woodland just outside of the city center. The proposed landscape design reflects a theme of preserving and enhancing these natural areas and signifies the regional character of the Oslo landscape. CRJA 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 will be 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 will be relocated to be a central feature of the compound, where a riverstone stream bed and slopes scattered with boulders and native plantings will create a riparian feature to collect and cleanse on-site stormwater naturally. New plantings of wildflowers and native grasses will re-create the naturalized meadows currently existing on site. Tree species indigenous to Norway will be planted to provide shade along walks, frame views of the architecture and screen service areas. The project is currently pursuing LEED certification at the Gold level.