American Swedish Institutes's FIKA Café
Swedish Café and Bistro
The Nelson Cultural Center for the American Swedish Institute acknowledges the historic character of the adjacent Turnblad Mansion while creating a distinct architectural presence that considers contemporary and traditional Swedish aesthetics. HGA designed the Center as a complementary architectural companion, allowing the Turnblad Mansion to remain the site’s centerpiece in a symbiotic play of traditional and new architectural elements.
The main lobby, with new café (FIKA), is light and airy, with two-story windows visually aligning with the Turnblad Mansion and original entrance. From the lobby, a glass corridor connects with the main mansion and carriage house. The mansion’s lower level showcases a renovated gallery and provides much needed classrooms and a community hall.