2017 National Architecture Awards: Heritage Commendation

Embassy of Sweden by Guida Moseley Brown Architects Heritage: National Commendation Australian Institute of Architects

Jury citation

Today most heritage work involves repurposing. In this case the architects have chosen subtle restoration, sustaining a sixty-six-year life and preparing it for the future. This has involved restoring building fabric and improving operations, security, building services, sustainability and amenity, while retaining the intrinsic Swedish character: modernity, timelessness, efficiency, craft and attention to detail. The worn or covered timber floors and timber staircase have been beautifully restored in rare timbers and finished with hard wax in traditional Swedish style. The roof replacement is particularly noteworthy, with new copper laid over a new Nordic-style insulated and ventilated substructure.


Guida Moseley Brown Architects
Canberra, ACT, Australia
Project Team
Sieglinde Whittle (project director), William Gardner (project architect), Sophia Lee
Builder Project Coordination
Building certifier Certis Group
Civil and structural consultant Northrop Consulting Engineers
Cost consultant WT Partnership
Fire engineer Defire
Services consultant Northrop Consulting Engineers
Site details
Site type Urban
Category Commercial / public buildings
Type Heritage, Workplace
Project Details
Status Built



Published online: 2 Nov 2017
Words: 2017 National Architecture Awards Jury
Images: Anthony Basheer


Architecture Australia, November 2017

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