Designed by architects Ralph Rapson and John van der Meulen, the Embassy of the United States in Copenhagen was completed and opened in May 1954. Rapson, who was 37 when given the commission, had studied architecture during the 1930s at a time when the architectural ideals of the Bauhaus and Le Corbusier were potent. This influence can be seen in the embassy’s planar facades, glass and metal grid, and piloti. The most innovative piece of the Copenhagen embassy is in the way in which the architecture dealt with the separation of public and private spaces. Rapson was very careful to maintain a separation between private offices and public spaces without creating a stratified experience to visitors. This is executed by placing offices on the second and third floors as well as to the rear of the public spaces. Furthermore, the singular main entrance and human scale of the project help maintain a sense of accessibility.