2006 house of sweden
Chancellery for the Swedish embassy Washington, apartments, exhibition spaces and conference centre
Washington DC, USA
Client: Statens fastighetsverk
Kasper Sahlin Award 2007.
The Rock Creek meets the Potomac in a thin peninsula. It’s the site of a lifetime. The needle with water on three sides commands a spectacular view of such landmarks as Georgetown, Watergate and the Kennedy Center. The protruding setting called for an emblematic building, illuminating the idea of the open society. The materials are white stone for the podium, blond maple for the interior, which penetrates the thin glass shield and becomes exterior wall treatment only to be covered by a second glass layer containing a mist of white printed dots. The balconies carries the third layer visible sides being clad with laminated glass where the Swedish tradition of wood painting is revived by a computer-generated print. In the night it is all back-lit.