• Den svenska tranan i Santiago har sträckt ut sina vingar. Photographer: Åke E:son Lindman

    Den svenska tranan i Santiago har sträckt ut sina vingar.

Santiago de Chile, Ambassador’s residence

A proud crane stretching its wings out over the Chilean hillside was the picture that architect Josefina Nordmark had in mind when she designed the Swedish Ambassador's residence in Santiago de Chile. The National Property Board Sweden (SFV) handed the property over to the Swedish Foreign Ministry (UD) in June 2006.

Crane Dance won competition

Due to the changing traffic situation around the previous Ambassador's residence, UD began looking for a new solution in Santiago de Chile. Planning to build the new residence in a quiet location, in 2002 SFV held an architectural competition aimed solely at young architects. A huge 99 entries were received, but these were eventually whittled down to five, who were brought to Santiago to work further on their designs. The winner was Josefina Nordmark from Luleå, with her entry "Crane Dance". The name came from Josefina's first sketches of the building, which reminded her of a dancing crane with outstretched wings.

Inspired by northern Sweden

Inspiration for the Crane Dance building came primarily from the wild landscape of northern Sweden and its special light. Here on this beautiful site in the rolling Chilean countryside, it makes a stunning statement.

The residence has the classic Swedish blond look, with plenty of light coming in, large open spaces and a flexible layout. The furnishings and art were specially chosen by UD and the Public Art Agency Sweden to harmonise with the architecture. The building has a usable floor area of 650 square meters. All the wood flooring is homogenous eucalyptus, while other woodwork is Bolivian oak. The exterior panelling is coated with the most Swedish of paints – Falu distemper in dark green. The stone floors are laid with Chilean slate.

Address

Address:

Calle Via Celeste 9640

Santiago de Chile