Photographer: Åke E:son Lindman
Sveriges ambassad i Lusaka.
Lusaka, Zambia. Embassy of Sweden
In 1984, the Zambian Government granted Sweden a plot in the "Embassy triangle", near the old airport. Sweden had already had a diplomatic presence in the form of a Consulate and later an Embassy in several different locations since 1965. Building began in 1987 and the new Embassy opened in 1989.
The gardens were designed by W Bauer & J Karon AB in Stockholm and laid out by Mr Bingham, a local contractor and expert in African trees and bushes. The Embassy plot currently houses three buildings. The first is the Embassy chancery, which also has offices for the Swedish Foreign Ministry and Sida. Since 2000, the Embassy of Finland has rented around 300 m² from Sweden here, with the two Embassies sharing an entrance. Sida's HIV/AIDS secretariat has occupied a second building since 2003. The National Property Board Sweden (SFV) has made a few minor changes here in recent years to create more space for the growing team. The third building contains the technical services, including water tanks and backup generators, among many other things. There is also a kitchen, conference room, sauna and storeroom.
African and Swedish materials
The buildings are clad in red bricks from northern Zambia. The window frames and bars are aluminium. The interior walls are plastered and painted white, while the floor is laid with terrazzo tiles in two different colours. The paving in the courtyard is laid out in a pattern. The bricks, terrazzo tiles and window frames were produced locally. The timber framed roof is lined with concrete tiles from Zimbabwe. The wood panels on the ceiling come from Mozambique. Other materials, such as the interior doors, furnishings and technical installations were produced in Sweden and installed by Swedish electricians and plumbers. The main contractor was Fabcon AB from Timrå. A local contractor, Apollo, was responsible for the construction work. The site includes a pool, tennis court and around 30 covered parking spaces to protect the cars from the strong sunlight.
In addition to the Embassy, SFV also manages three residential properties in Lusaka, one of which is the Ambassador's residence. All are located a short distance from the Embassy.
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