Photographer: Åke E:son Lindman
Sveriges ambassad i Moskva.
Moscow, Russia, Embassy compound of Sweden
The Embassy of Sweden in Moscow was designed by Swedish architect Anders Tengbom. It is an austere red-brick building with a solid façade facing the street.
Forsa bricks in 1970s Moscow
After many years of negotiation, work was able to begin on a new Swedish Embassy in Moscow in July 1968. The building was operational by 1972. The Embassy of Sweden in Moscow was designed by Swedish architect Anders Tengbom. It is an austere red-brick building with a solid façade facing the street. Most of the windows look onto the garden. The architecture is a reminder that the Embassy was built during a period when security issues were key. However, the solid, fortress-like façade is compensated for by the Embassy's courtyard and its light interiors. Unfortunately, the Embassy compound had to be fenced in following a serious incident in the 1980s. The front courtyard is dominated by the sculpture "Figure in a Storm" by Bror Marklund. The bricks for the façades were shipped in from Forsa Brickworks in Bollebygd.
In summer 2002, a new migration office opened at the Embassy to deal with the increased visa administration arising from the Schengen Agreement. The extension was given the same external look as the other buildings. The lower floor houses the Swedish Foreign Ministry's archives, with modern offices above. A large roof lantern lets extra daylight into the migration office. The architect was Jesper Husman of Tengbom Arkitekter.
The old timbered villa from the 1920s, sitting in large gardens, is a unique feature among all the high-rises and institutions surrounding it. It is home to Sweden's Counsellor for Cultural Affairs. The building's long history includes being hit by a number of incendiary bombs in the summer of 1941. Much of the roof went up in flames and considerable water damage was caused by the firefighting efforts. Fortunately, the rear of the house was hit hardest, and the reception rooms escaped unscathed. Rossolimo 8 previously accommodated military attachés, including Stig Wennerström, who lived here for a couple of years. It is said that he was recruited as a spy during this period.
About Rossolimo 8
- Year built: 1928
- Architect: unknown
- Address: Rossolimo ul. 8