- Photographer: Åke Eson Lindman
Athens, Greece, Embassy and residence
The Embassy premises are located up on the fifth floor in a building constructed in 1977. The Dutch and Irish Embassies are also housed in the same building. On the other side of the street stands the old Olympic Stadium from 1896, the year that the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held.
Embassy by the old Olympic Stadium
The Embassy of Sweden moved here in 1979 and an immediate refit began. Ten years later, in 1989, extensive renovations were conducted, along with the installation of a new reception, security doors and an interview room. The street outside is very busy and SFV is looking into ways of reducing the noise level. The Embassy premises were refurbished in 2003 and a new heating and cooling system was installed. In 2012 a new lift was fitted.
Residence with views of Filothei
The owner of the previously rented residence sold the building and the new owner did not want to rent it out. After lengthy searches in a highly restricted market, a suitable property was eventually found in the district of Filothei, on a hill north-east of the centre, overlooking Athens and Mount Penteli. The district is a quite residential suburb where several countries have their official residences. Built and purchased in 1989, the Ambassador's residence was designed by architect Stelios Agiostatitis.
The Ambassador's residence is a detached hillside villa with two floors plus a basement. Both the exterior and interior are white, with the latter boasting white marble floors and white painted walls. Glass walls facing the valley help give a light and airy feel. The entrance is located at street level, along with the reception rooms, which include a study, drawing room, dining room and kitchen. The large terrace outside the dining room and drawing room measures around 120 m2. The Ambassador's private apartment contains five bedrooms, a living room, four bathrooms and two small terraces. The recreation room, storage rooms and rooms for service personnel are located in the basement. There is also a garage down here.
Pool with solar heating
The building sits on a walled plot of 1200 m2, with mature gardens and a solar-heated pool. The terrace and gardens provide important spaces for entertaining.