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The two countries reached an agreement on the current new Embassy site in 2019. Earlier this year, the Hanoi People’s Committee granted approval for the United States to lease the site, issuing a Land Lease Decision for 99 years.

US – Vietnam Signed Land Lease Signing for New U.S. Embassy Campus in Cau Giay District
Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Christopher Klein and Director of Hanoi City Department of Environment and Natural Resources Bui Duy Cuong at the signing ceremony at the witness of Vice President Kamala D. Harris - Photo: US Embassy
Representing a significant milestone in the United States’ important diplomatic relationship with Vietnam, the new U.S. Embassy campus planned for Hanoi is a modern urban landscape that also reflects the city’s culture and vitality. The new Embassy will ensure the U.S. platform for diplomacy in Hanoi is positioned to support — and be a symbol of — cooperation, friendship, and progress for many years to come.
Uniquely situated on an active boulevard, the 8-acre campus transitions from the bustling city to the tranquility of the adjacent Cau Giay Park. Inspired by Hạ Long Bay in northeast
Vietnam, the building materials portray the forward-looking, reflective, and transparent approach to U.S. diplomacy. Inspired by the agricultural traditions of farming and rice production, as seen in the landforms from the Mekong and Red River delta regions, the landscape connects the site with its own history as an active rice paddy field as recently as the early 2000s.
When did the United States and Vietnam agree to a new Embassy campus?
Following the normalization of U.S.-Vietnam diplomatic relations in 1995, the Government of Vietnam committed to providing the United States a site for an Embassy campus in Hanoi.
Continuing to build on our growing partnership, the two countries reached an agreement on the current new Embassy site in 2019. Earlier this year, the Hanoi People’s Committee granted approval for the United States to lease the site, issuing a Land Lease Decision for 99 years.
Today’s lease signing ceremony is the culmination of these commitments between our two countries.
Where will the new U.S. Embassy be located?
The Embassy campus is situated in the Cau Giay District of Hanoi, a growing commercial and residential neighborhood. The new location establishes the Embassy in an emerging area of regeneration that boasts prestigious universities, such as the Vietnam National University, and will be home to a new diplomatic complex.
The new Vietnamese Embassy in Washington, D.C., also leased for 99 years, will be located near the Embassy Row neighborhood where many of Washington’s 175 foreign embassies and diplomatic missions can be found.
When will construction begin and when does the United States expect the new Embassy to be completed?
Signing today’s lease agreement is another important step towards realizing the goal of opening a new Embassy in Hanoi. Having now completed site selection and planning, the project is in design to incorporate the architectural elements, safety needs, and size requirements needed to provide a safe, secure, modern, and resilient space for U.S. agencies and staff to carry out their work. A ground-breaking ceremony will take place at an appropriate time in the future.
Will the new Embassy buildings be environmentally friendly?
The new Embassy will demonstrate leadership in environmental sustainability and climate resilience. A healthy and energy-efficient interior will be ensured by using sustainable materials that feature high recycled content, low embodied carbon, and low volatile organic compounds (VOCs). OBO and the Department are committed to meeting high environmental and sustainability standards in Hanoi and around the world, building upon decades of work in this field.
Who will design the buildings on the new Embassy campus?
Professionals from OBO are responsible for overseeing the site selection, design, construction, move-in, and facilities management of the Embassy. EYP Architecture & Engineering of Washington, D.C., is the architect, working with a diverse team of experts to provide the latest in design and engineering methods. A major goal of the design team is to incorporate both U.S. and Vietnamese design elements, including artwork by American, Vietnamese, and
Vietnamese-American artists. The Embassy design will become a concrete symbol of the important relationship between the United States and Vietnam.

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