When the Ministry of Foreign Affairs needed a new office building to house the Italian Chancery, project stakeholders knew it would involve an Italian designer but sought a U.S. firm that was familiar with the Washington, D.C., area, and had a portfolio of similar facilities and that could lead the team through the process. LEO A DALY was engaged as the executive architect and engineer.
After locating a wooded five-acre site along historic Embassy Row in Washington, D.C., LEO A DALY developed design guidelines and parameters for the competition, including full cartographic and photographic documentation of the site, site analysis, summary of local building codes and zoning regulations, an outline of Washington’s complex project approvals process and information concerning all government, regulatory and civic organizations with an influence on the project. The Ministry also entrusted LEO A DALY with managing the invitational design competition, open to nine of Italy’s leading architects. The selection committee chose Piero Sartogo as the design architect.
Following the selection, LEO A DALY assumed the managing role on the project, responsible for implementing the planning, architectural and engineering aspects of Sartogo’s concept and making it feasible within the constraints of the Washington, D.C., regulatory and construction environment. The project was completed within the time and budgetary constraints set by the Ministry.
Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
At a glance
80,000 SF parking structure
Open circular interior piazza
Member of selection committee for design competition
Wooded five-acre site, with approximately 40% of site undisturbed
Conceptual design features characteristic of Tuscan villas of the Renaissance era
Split in half diagonally, with the circular atrium at the center, it is structurally divided into two large triangles.
Engineer of record for civil, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering
Construction documents and administration
Design Excellence for Architectural Design, American Institute of Architects, Washington, D.C. Chapter