The construction of the House of Sweden began in Georgetown Harbor during April 2004. The project involved the construction of a new purpose-built Swedish Embassy and a trade exhibition area and conference centre.
The building was developed by Lano-Armada and Hoffler Harbourside LLC on the Georgetown Harbor site on the bank of the Potomac River, along with a six-story, 115,000ft² office complex on the northern side of the site. Lano-Armada and Hoffler Harbourside LLC purchased the site from Crescent Real Estate Equities in 2002.
The exterior skin of the building is clad with screened glass and gives the building a transparent appearance. On looking through the building, the inner structure is visible along with an excellent view of the Potomac River and Rock Creek beyond. At night, floodlights illuminate from the transparent skin within.
The green roof helps the building absorb and filter storm water runoff, while simultaneously reducing interior building temperatures and extending the life of the roof membrane.
Other sustainable strategies that have been used in the construction include the use of renewable building materials, construction recycling, and alternative heating and cooling systems that substantially reduce energy and equipment lifecycle costs.