Working with architects at The Miller Hull Partnership, Knot’s site design for the Lilongwe Embassy demonstrates the power and promise of ecological stewardship for U.S. Embassies and Consulate Generals around the world. Beyond meeting the U.S Department of State’s critical sustainability and security goals, this Embassy design integrates with local ecosystems and establishes connections to the greater watershed.
The design of green stormwater infrastructure emerged as an integral driver of the site’s experience and function, with sweeping bioswales and bioretention areas planted with a nod to the endemic dambo wetlands along paths and campus roads, forming the centerpiece of the Consular Garden. The planting palette is drawn from native and climate-adaptive trees and shrubs that accompany rich, seasonal perennial borders in a matrix of native grassland and the lush foliage of shade gardens. Innovative technologies for irrigation increase water efficiency by 90 percent and safely use reclaimed gray water.