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Canberra, Australia, Embassy compound of Sweden

The Embassy of Sweden in Canberra has a Swedish feel but is carefully tailored to conditions in Australia. The design proved a great success from the start, with the Embassy building winning the "Sir Sulman Award for Public and Monumental Buildings" in 1952.

Award-winning architecture with Swedish features

The Embassy of Sweden was designed by architects Messrs Peddle, Thorp and Walker from Sydney in collaboration with Swedish architect E G H Lundquist, whose outline plans underpinned the end result. The building has a Swedish feel but is carefully tailored to conditions in Australia. The design proved a great success from the start, with the Embassy building winning the "Sir Sulman Award for Public and Monumental Buildings" in 1952. It was the first in Canberra to receive this prestigious accolade and earned the architects a gold medal for their work.

Only accommodation in the chancery changed

The buildings, with their characteristic Swedish architecture, have been successfully integrated with prevailing conditions on the large plot.

Both Swedish and Australian materials, finishes and crafts have been used. Very few exterior changes have been made since the buildings were originally constructed, and the interior of the residence also remains largely intact.

The chancery, on the other hand, has undergone a number of internal changes over the years. The authorities originally required Swedish staff to live on site. That requirement has since been lifted and most staff now live elsewhere, enabling the chancery functions to gradually take over use of the former accommodation.

More accessible residence

The residence underwent certain internal refurbishment in 2004–05, followed closely by the terraces, which were made more flexible for different types of event. At the same time, the residence was made accessible to people with a disability. All the work was conducted in consultation with the local authorities, in order to retain the architectural integrity of the buildings.

Canberra's largest solar panels

Solar panels now meet all the Embassy's energy needs. Mounted on a stand at ground level, the solar panels are the largest in Canberra, measuring 24 metres x 3.2 metres in total. The solar panels supply electricity all year round, ensuring that no further measures are required to cover the Embassy's energy demand.

During 2014-2015 a big renovation is taking place

In the end of 2014, the National Property Board Sweden begun a total refurbishment of the Embassy in Canberra. It will be finished during autumn 2015. The buildingcontractor is Project Coordination Pty Ltd. To the right you can se pictures when the roof was changed.

Address

Adress:

5 Turrana Street

Canberra

Ongoing renovation

Det old roof has to be changed. New roof is being laid out. The new cooperroof demands genuine handicraft skills. The new roof is in place.