House of Sweden
|House of Sweden|
|Address||2900 K Street N.W.|
|Ambassador||Sweden: Bjorn Lyrvall|
Iceland: Gudmundur Stefansson
House of Sweden is a building in Washington, D.C., in which is located the Embassy of Sweden and the diplomatic missions of the Republic of Iceland and the Principality of Liechtenstein to the United States. The building is located at 2900 K Street N.W. in the Georgetown neighborhood.
Apart from the embassies, the building, which is owned by the Swedish state through its National Property Board, also houses representatives of Swedish commerce. Facilities includes a secretariat, exhibition space, 19 corporate office suites, and a high-tech business event center.
The building was designed by the Swedish architects Gert Wingårdh and Tomas Hansen, with VOA Associates in Washington, D.C., as architect of record. It has five floors and a total surface of 7,500 square metres (81,000 sq ft). The front of the building is glass. Construction began in August 2004 and completed in the summer of 2006. The embassy moved into the building at the beginning of August 2006. Previously the embassy was housed in rented space, first at Watergate 600, and later at 1501 M Street N.W.
The House of Sweden's design expresses many nods to Swedish symbols, including graphically matching materials such as marble, native Swedish maple wood, and expansive glass to relate associations back to the climate of the Swedish homeland. These materials were also intended to transcend into metaphors of Sweden's political transparency and purity. An integrated functional design is also showcased, from the moment you engage the steps, which seamlessly meld into the topography. All the above is executed with typical Scandinavian design precedents and finesse.
The building was inaugurated on October 23, 2006, by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and Queen Silvia. Also present at the inauguration were the Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt and then Ambassador of Sweden to the United States Gunnar Lund.
Gert Wingårdh received the Swedish national architecture award—the Kasper Salin Prize—for House of Sweden in 2007.
- Diplomatic missions of Sweden
- Iceland–United States relations
- List of ambassadors of Sweden to the United States
- Sweden–United States relations
- Hales, Linda (October 21, 2006). "Artistic Interpretations of Sweden, Inside and Out". The Washington Post.
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