Photographer: Åke E:son Lindman
Sveriges ambassadanläggning i Peking.
Beijing, China. Embassy compound
The Embassy of Sweden and the Ambassador's residence in Beijing occupy a plot that Sweden has rented from the Chinese State on a 60-year lease, from 1965 to 2025. Sweden is one of the few countries, like Norway, Denmark and others, to own its properties. The other countries lease their diplomatic facilities from the Beijing Service Bureau for Diplomatic Missions (BSBDM).
Nils Ahrbom and Hando Kask
The site is located in San Li Tun, Diplomatic Area No. 2 in the north-east of Beijing. The neighbouring properties are also Embassy chanceries and residences, in an area also populated with many hotels and new office buildings. Construction of the Swedish Embassy buildings ran from September 1971 to October 1972. The architects behind the design were Nils Ahrbom and Hando Kask. In 1998, the Hedinhallen conference hall was added, along with a small block of two apartments, all designed by architect Mats Egelius. The migration office was remodelled and extended in 2003, to a design by architect Gunnar Åsell. In 2011, SFV commissioned Ahrbom Arkitekter to further extend the migration office. In 2013, a former guest room and guest apartment were merged to form an office for Centec.
Two-storey brick buildings
The compound comprises the Embassy, the Ambassador's residence, staff housing, guest accommodation, a garage and service buildings. The two-storey houses are built in brick, with a basement. The roofs are tiled in stone. The compound has a leafy green garden with a pool and garage. The buildings have mechanical supply and exhaust ventilation systems, with the option of heating and cooling.