Swedish Embassy
London

 

From autumn 2013 until spring 2019 meld architecture worked as executive architects in collaboration with Stockholm-based BAU on the extensive refurbishment of the Swedish Embassy in London.

Built as a Jewish theological college, this early Yorke Rosenberg Mardall (YRM) building, was completed in 1957 reinstating a WW2 bombed-out corner block of Georgian townscape. Since its mid-80’s re-fit, which lost many of the original architectural subtleties, it has housed the Swedish Embassy.

Our collective task was focused on re-enhancing the public appearance and updating the spaces, finishes, services and security for visitors and diplomats with an understated sophistication more becoming of the highly design-literate culture they represent.

New elements included a remodelled front entrance staircase in Portland stone, glass canopy, copper framed windows and doors, along with extensive cleaning and restoration of the original brick and stonework and regilding of the Tre Kronor (Three Crowns). Disabled access was substantially improved with an internal lift connecting directly into a more spacious reception and visa section, along with properly compliant ramped access to the conference facilities arranged around a new landscaped courtyard to the north side featuring Baltic limestone, trees and flora indigenous to Scandinavia.

The building was occupied throughout the construction process, necessitating some precisely executed logistical planning and delicate diplomatic protocol.

Client

Statens-Fastighetsverk (National Property Board)

Completion

2019

Size

NA

Cost

£3.4m

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