Photographer: Carl Anders Nilsson
Sveriges ambassadörsresidens i Wien
The Ambassador’s residence, Vienna, Austria
The Swedish State purchased this property in 1928, and it was used as both an Embassy chancery and residence up until 1964. In recent years, however, it has served purely as the Ambassador's residence. A major renovation of the property began in autumn 2013 and by 2015 it will house many more functions.
Ambassador's residence in the heart of the capital
The Swedish Ambassador's residence is located in central Vienna. Completed in 1876, the building was originally the private home of the Jewish editor-in-chief and newspaper owner Moritz Szeps. The Swedish State purchased the property in 1928, and it was used as both an Embassy chancery and residence up until 1964. When this became impractical, the property was kept solely as the Ambassador's residence, with additional accommodation for service personnel.
Redesigned several times
The building has been subject to a number of redesigns since 1928. In autumn 2013, the National Property Board Sweden launched an extensive redevelopment programme to create modern offices for Sweden's Embassy chancery and the OSCE secretariat. The attractive reception rooms are being preserved. The programme is expected to be completed in 2015.
A mix of styles
Rising over three floors, with a full basement, the building is constructed in rendered brick. The typical Ringstrassen architecture is a mix of Classical and Baroque with hints of Rococo. Like the architecture, the interiors also mix styles such as Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo, Louis XVI and Classical. The reception rooms that make up the second floor – drawing rooms, dining room, gallery and library – have a ceiling height of five and a half metres. The garden, ranging over about 1800 square meters, is undulating, with several separate spaces and a vaulted cellar.