Photographer: Åke E:son Lindman
Sveriges ambassad i Riyadh
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Embassy of Sweden
In 1975, the Saudi Arabian government decided that it's Foreign Ministry, and all the embassies, should move from Jeddah to Riyadh. A diplomatic quarter was duly created to house the foreign embassies and residences.
From Jeddah to Riyadh
In 1975, the Saudi Arabian government decided that its Foreign Ministry, and all the embassies, should move from Jeddah to Riyadh. A diplomatic quarter was earmarked to house around 80 embassies and their staff, and was to include schools, commercial centres and recreational facilities. The Riyadh Diplomatic Quarter was completed in 1983 and Sweden was able to lease three plots, one for the chancery and two for staff. One of the latter two plots was intended for Embassy staff, and the other was meant for staff at the Swedish Trade Council. One of the plots was later sold.
Architect Carl Nyrén
In 1983–84, all the buildings on the three plots were constructed by ABV, now NCC. The architect was Carl Nyrén Arkitektkontor, in collaboration with VBB Arkitekter. Carl Nyrén also designed the interiors in the public parts of the Embassy, while VBB's interior designers were responsible for the residential parts. Special Swedish features have been incorporated into the interiors. The floors in the public areas are white and green Swedish marble in a chequered pattern, while some of the ceilings are clad in square panels of birch plywood. The skirting is also birch, while the window and door frames are made of teak.
Surrounded by leafy greenery
The buildings are set among leafy greenery. The entrance to the chancery has an attractive marble portico. In the residence stands a sculpture with rippling water. The walled and secure plots also contain a pool, garage and accommodation for service personnel. The climate is dry and summers are very hot.