Chancellery of the Royal Swedish Embassy
Client: Statens fastighetsverk
Kasper Sahlin Award 1999.
Through a hole in the copper skin the great room of the embassy opens out towards Klingerhöferstrasse and Tiergarten. Behind the big window, diplomats and their visitors pass to and fro on shelves and staircases. This is Sweden’s showcase on Berlin and the embassy’s most public façade. The other two sides of the building overlook the common courtyard of the Nordic embassy precinct. These are contrasting façades, one light and thin, white limestone, and the other heavy, rough, black basalt. A materialism and precision taken from the Mies van der Rohe of the 1920s. The interior’s abundance of motion for its part pays tribute to both Borromini and Richard Serra.