The American Embassy, built on a five-acre site at Nine Elms in southwest London, was designed by award-winning US architects Kieran Timberlake following a competition run by the US State Department.


American Embassy


Within this large crystalline cube building, all of the suspended systems needed to meet the exacting US building standards. Given that all its products are fully certified by SMACNA (Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association) Zip-Lock was an automatic choice.


By meeting these stringent requirements, the versatile Zip‑Clip system was used for all building services, and the company was able to offer a full and detailed technical submission as well as onsite testing and product training.


The building represents a new departure in embassy design. The intention is to emphasise the role of architecture in international diplomacy. And it demonstrates the potential for the Zip‑Clip system in situations where compliance with various international standards is a prerequisite.