- Posted on 24th June 2010 by Nicola Holden
Last weekend I was lucky enough to be invited, as part of the London Festival of Architecture, to have a look around the Residence of the Ambassador of Sweden, Ms Nicola Clase. The Residence, at 27 Portland Place, London, W1, was designed by Robert and James Adams, and built between 1776 and 1780.
The Adams brothers developed the ‘Adam style’ – an 18th century neoclassical style of interior design and architecture; with walls, ceilings, fireplaces, furniture, fixtures, fittings and carpets all being designed by the Adams as an integrated uniform scheme. Typical of the Adams’ treatment, the ground and first floors of the Residence are taken up with grand reception rooms, designed for fashionable entertaining.
27 Portland Place was acquired on behalf of Sweden in 1921, and has been used as the Ambassador’s Residence since then. During this time it has been extensively refurbished to renovate the historic Adam spaces, but also to achieve a Swedish atmosphere within a UK building. The floors have been over-boarded in pale timber imported from Sweden, and one of the ground floor reception rooms has been fitted out as a library with timber panelling, providing an alternative interior scheme to the painted Adam rooms.
Here are a few pictures I took of the house.
In between talks on Robert Adam and Sir William Chambers (another architect with Swedish connections) we were treated to royal wedding cake to celebrate the wedding between Swedish Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling that day!