Department of State, U.S. Embassy in Asunción, Paraguay

August 2014

Design

Annapolis Landscape Architects is working with Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects on the master plan for the Department of State on the new embassy compound in Asunción, Paraguay. The fifteen-acre site includes a lush existing garden with a mix of native and adapted vegetation in a tropical savanna climate. ALA partner, Jenny Smeltzer, visited the site for a week in August 2014 to become familiar with the site and meet with local staff and professionals. ALA is preparing the planting design by:

  • preserving as many mature trees as possible,
  • transplanting trees where possible,
  • preserving a staff garden with a stone-paved bandstand,
  • providing circulation through the site for security and recreation,
  • providing garden areas for visitors to the embassy,
  • exploring the realm of water conservation through plant selection and appropriate plant groupings,
  • selecting plants that tolerate high heat and humidity, and
  • working with local professionals and suppliers for native plants commercially that are unique and appropriate to this relatively small biome of South America.