Security-Dictated Design for Kabul's Newest Luxury Hotel

Adjacent to the U.S. Embassy, a five-star Marriott hotel designed to withstand bombings may serve as a "security bubble" once opened in February 2013.

"Soon after construction began, a review ordered that the entire building be set back an extra 60 feet from the road to reduce the risk from car bombs. Any doubt about the need for stringent security measures evaporated in September, when insurgents took over an empty building half a mile to the east, and began firing rockets and grenades at the U.S. Embassy. Two landed in the hotel construction site."

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