Danish Embassy, London



Architect
Arne Jacobsen - Consulting Engineers were Ove Arup & Partners
Date Built
1977
Location
Sloane Street across from Cadogan Place
Description
The main building of the Danish Embassy occupies a site on Sloane Street across from Cadogan Gardens.  It stands six storeys high and contains the Chancery and the Ambassador's Residence on the fifth and sixth floors.  Open House London says that, "... The design of the building respects the general arrangement and scale of the adjacent buildings. Arne Jacobsen had originally designed the building with exterior panels made in bronze but due to savings, the fac¬ćade was painted instead. The original colour was, however, chosen to blend in with the adjacent buildings in Sloane Street with its many nuances of sandstone but later it was changed into the present army-grey. The original colour can still be seen on the inside of the windows and in the staircase hall."



"Recalling the fact that the site was previously occupied by a terrace of houses the building has been divided vertically by the structural cross walls into five equal bays which retain the pattern of the old party walls and thereby maintain the width of the buildings elsewhere in Cadogan Place."





There is a courtyard between the main building and a group of staff apartments arranged along Pavilion Road. 





A former exhibition/lecture hall has been converted into the Embassy of Iceland which has a separate entrance off Hans Street.




A mural, designed by the Danish painter and sculptor Ole Schwalbe has been integrated in the wall along Sloane Street.