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