The planning of the Finnish Embassy in Stockholm began with a site survey in 1993. The official drawings were completed in 1996. The building was designed by Gullichsen Vormala Architect, Kristian Gullichsen being the principal architect. Gullichsen was assisted by architect Jyri Haukkavaara. The building was completed behind schedule, due to a long planning application phase and five-year appeal round, in 2002.

The principal architectural feature is the building’s long, wall-like street façade. With the sheltered courtyard references to the strongholds of Sweden and Finland’s common history are visible. The wall conceals the embassy building which is organised about the paved courtyard and a separate residential wing with its own yard and gardens. The embassy’s official suite opens out towards the open landscape of the Gärdet park through one of the gardens.

Source: Finnish Architectural Review 1/2003

Location

Gärdesgatan 9–11, Stockholm
59.3354739, 18.1066487

Images

Street elevation, Stockholm Embassy of Finland
Street elevation, Stockholm Embassy of Finland (© Jussi Tiainen / MFA)
Street elevation, Stockholm Embassy of Finland
Street elevation, Stockholm Embassy of Finland (© Camilla Wirseen / MFA)
Elevation towards the Gärdet park, Stockholm Embassy of Finland
Elevation towards the Gärdet park, Stockholm Embassy of Finland (© Jussi Tiainen / MFA)
Main entrance in the courtyard, Stockholm Embassy of Finland
Main entrance in the courtyard, Stockholm Embassy of Finland (© Jussi Tiainen / MFA)
Courtyard, Stockholm Embassy of Finland
Courtyard, Stockholm Embassy of Finland (© Jussi Tiainen / MFA)
Entertainment suite and garden, Stockholm Embassy of Finland
Entertainment suite and garden, Stockholm Embassy of Finland (© Jussi Tiainen / MFA)
Entrance hall, Tapani Mikkonen's painting 'Hämärän valo', Stockholm Embassy of Finland
Entrance hall, Tapani Mikkonen's painting 'Hämärän valo', Stockholm Embassy of Finland (© Jussi Tiainen / MFA)
Foyer, painting by Carolus Enckell, Stockholm Embassy of Finland
Foyer, painting by Carolus Enckell, Stockholm Embassy of Finland (© Camilla Wirseen / MFA)
Banqueting hall, Stockholm Embassy of Finland
Banqueting hall, Stockholm Embassy of Finland (© Jussi Tiainen / MFA)
Banqueting hall, Stockholm Embassy of Finland
Banqueting hall, Stockholm Embassy of Finland (© Mikael Lindén / MFA)
Library, Stockholm Embassy of Finland
Library, Stockholm Embassy of Finland (© Jussi Tiainen / MFA)
Site plan, Stockholm Embassy of Finland
Site plan, Stockholm Embassy of Finland (© Gullichsen Vormala Architects)
Section plan, Stockholm Embassy of Finland
Section plan, Stockholm Embassy of Finland (© Gullichsen Vormala Architects)
Section plan, Stockholm Embassy of Finland
Section plan, Stockholm Embassy of Finland (© Gullichsen Vormala Architects)