Photographer: Åke E:son Lindman
Vy från gatan mot Sveriges ambassad i Bukarest.
Bucharest, Romania, the Embassy of Sweden
The Embassy of Sweden in Bucharest sits on a leafy boulevard of large villas from the period around the First World War.
Villa on Șoseaua Kiseleff
The property that the Swedish Envoy in Bucharest, Patrik Reutersvärd, purchased in 1936 was taken over by the Swedish State in 1938. The building sits on a leafy boulevard of large villas from the period around the First World War, and was built in 1929. From 1938–41, a major refit was conducted to make space for the Embassy's chancery, residence and apartments for local staff. The architect of this redesign was Ferdinand Fischer.
Shots fired at façade
The building has been hit by several earthquakes in its time. The quake of 1977 was the most severe and led to extensive reinforcement work. The building was struck by a moderate earthquake in the 1980s, and was shot at during the December Revolution of 1989, when fighting broke out between government forces and the secret police, Securitate. Since the 1980s, the Embassy has undergone a number of rounds of modernisation and maintenance. The reception rooms are very grand, with their high ceilings and lavish decoration. A unique detail on the façade is the large coat of arms on the wall above the main entrance to the building.
In the early 1980s, the Embassy chancery moved into a rented building nearby. The new address proved impractical, however, with the offices dispersed over four floors. In 2007, the National Property Board Sweden (SFV) was commissioned by the Swedish Foreign Ministry to come up with a solution in the residence building that would enable the Embassy's chancery to move back into premises that were fit for purpose. As part of the redevelopment, which was carried out in 2007–2008, the Embassy was allocated rooms on the ground floor and the part of the first floor that had previously been the Ambassador's private apartment. The reception rooms remained unchanged and retained their existing entrance. The Ambassador's private apartment is now located on the second floor. The top floor has rooms that can serve as bedrooms or guest rooms. The private apartment has a separate entrance at the rear, while the old entrance now serves the chancery. The architect of this redesign was Gunnar Åsell.
SFV conducted a total refurbishment in 2007–2008, during which the building was fitted with a lift and made accessible to people with a disability. SFV's work also included asbestos clearing, façade improvements, a plumbing overhaul and installation of new gas boilers. Additional work ranged from renovating the windows, terrace and floor joists to groundwork, new control systems, including a fire alarm, and necessary maintenance of the paintwork and floors. At the same time, SFV made reinforcements to the building, to secure it against future earthquakes. Following this major refurbishment, the Embassy reopened in June 2008.