Designing a new British embassy for the post-9/11 world has meant dealing with extremes. These are best summed up in the words of the client: 'On the one hand the ideal embassy is a highly secure underground bunker. On the other hand, it needs to be a marquee with a large sign saying fiDo come in and have a cup of teafl.' At the outset of the design process, with the Istanbul consulate bombing of 2003 fresh in our minds, it sometimes felt like an indulgence to be concerning ourselves ...
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