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