Posted: 3:14 am ET
Now we know why the State Department wanted Ambassador Hoekstra to put that recent controversy behind him quickly (Amb. Hoekstra Apologizes For Netherlands Comment: “It Was Wrong”). That is, he did not have to attempt to put out fire as the United States open its New Embassy Compound in the Netherlands.
The new U.S. Embassy campus opens today at a new location at John Adams Park, a 10-acre site in the municipality of Wassenaar. The new compound includes a chancery office building, a U.S. Marine Corps residence, a utility building, and multiple access pavilions. The State Department says that “It will provide a secure, modern, and environmentally sustainable platform for diplomacy in The Hague.” Also:
The buildings, while American in character, reflect sensibilities that are Dutch. The most important aspect of this is the use of brick for the building façades, which is prolifically used as a façade material in the Netherlands. Other buildings on the campus, including utility buildings, will be clad in brick to provide uniformity to the campus. The use of brick is not limited to the building facades, but extends to other site elements such as bridges, and even the pavers of the walkways throughout the campus. The Chancery façade will also include the use of white granite at the entrance. This design concept pays homage to important Dutch buildings, which also display this convention.
— US Embassy The Hague (@usembthehague) January 29, 2018
Farewell, old friend. Today we move out of the building on Lange Voorhout that has been our home for almost 60 years. As of Monday, we will be working out of #JohnAdamsPark1 in Wassenaar. pic.twitter.com/roTZkySFDc
— US Embassy The Hague (@usembthehague) January 26, 2018
— US Embassy The Hague (@usembthehague) January 16, 2018
— AlexKofman (@Alex__Kofman) June 5, 2014
Our move to #JohnAdamsPark1 in Wassenaar doesn't affect Consular Services: the American Citizen Services and Visa Services remain at the U.S. Consulate General at the Museumplein in Amsterdam! pic.twitter.com/XKXVYAELDY
— US Embassy The Hague (@usembthehague) January 18, 2018
On May 27, 1782, US Envoy and future President John Adams bought a house on Fluwelen Burgwal in The Hague, the 1st US Embassy in the world! pic.twitter.com/5580swNTL6
— US Embassy The Hague (@usembthehague) May 27, 2017