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The Swiss Embassy in London is housed in a 1970s reconstruction of a building on Bryanston Square that was badly damaged in WWII. Occupying a prominent corner site, the portion facing Bryanston Square replicates the original Victorian architecture. A new wing for the Consulate, facing Montagu Place, was built in a late modernist style typical of the 1970s.

In 2022 the Embassy launched a competition for the complete renovation of the building that was essentially untouched since since construction. The brief called for a revitalised embassy that reflected Swiss values and identity as a modern and forward looking country.

Our proposal retained all of the existing structure whilst reconfiguring the internal layouts to suit the new programme and security requirements. A new triple height circulation space was inserted, linking the various floors of the Embassy. The facade to the Consulate was replaced, adding vertical elements to form a grid, a subtle reference to the Swiss flag.

The competition attracted over 40 entries from around the world, and our submission was placed 4th.

Project Details

Swiss Embassy, London
London, UK
Open competition - 4th place
Soraya Kesri, Giuseppe Tonelli
Filippo Bolognese, Imperfct*