Photographer: Åke E:son Lindman
Sveriges ambassadkansli i Alger.
The Swedish Embassy compound in Algiers, Algeria
The Embassy compound is located in Hydra, a district of the capital that is located five kilometres south of central Algiers. The Embassy plot and the neighbouring plot, which houses the Ambassador's residence, were acquired by the Swedish State in 1958, although design work on the Embassy's chancery only began in 1983. In 2012, the National Property Board Sweden (SFV) conducted a major refurbishment of the chancery to make space for a new tenant, the Polish Embassy.
Hilly terrain influenced the layout
The Embassy compound stands on an extremely hilly plot with major level variations. This influenced the layout of the chancery, which has offices over two floors. Facing onto the street, the main entrance on the ground floor leads into a waiting room and reception. The office staff work primarily on the first floor, which has a dozen offices, meeting rooms and a lunch room. Three staff apartments are provided up on the second floor. Built in the late 1950s, the Ambassador's residence is a modern French-designed villa that feels Nordic in its style. The Swedish Foreign Ministry's interior designers have dressed the residence with furniture by Josef Frank.
Swedish beech throughout
The building was cast in solid concrete. The floors are laid with terrazzo while the doors and cupboards are made from Swedish beech to give the interiors a blond Nordic look. The plants in the garden were specially selected to provide a rich spectrum of greenery and flowers for every season.
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