A 1995 competition for a new embassy near Berlin's Brandenburg Gate was won by architects Moore Ruble Yudell of Santa Monica, California. Three years later, terror bombings at U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania halted the plans. More delays ensued over a revised design that would have enclosed the property in a security zone cut off from Pariser Platz. In order to accommodate U.S. security requirements, city authorities moved the adjacent street farther away from the building. The complex finally opened in 2008.
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