You arrive through the woods on a circular drive, the shape of which mimics the sensual frosted glass façade before you. The long, curving building is flanked by private gardens. You're at the new Czech Republic's new US embassy.
There are some marvellously designed embassies, but none that I've seen have been quite so elegant as this one, a proposal by Czech firm Chalupa Architekti that won a recent competition to design the next US embassy for the Czech Republic.
And it's hard not to appreciate the sentiment behind the design, either.
It does not attempt to show what we are like, but what we would like to be like, or how we wish to be seen to the world: open, confident, friendly, helpful, and respectful, considerate to Nature and the environment in general, firmly rooted in rich cultural traditions and with respect to democratic principles; and always ready to help.
Never has seeking asylum seemed so attractive. [Arch Daily]