Collection by Ali B. Zagat

Designing Norwegian in Sri Lanka


A Norwegian architecture firm tackles an exotic design commission: a new foreign ministry office in Sri Lanka.

Working on the office of the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Colombo, Sri Lanka, presented a unique opportunity for Dis. interiørarkitekter, an interior design company based in Oslo. Dis. developed a concept that honors Norwegian design and is appropriate for a variety of public visits and functions: the interiors contrast classic Scandinavian style with traditional motifs of Sri Lankan culture, underlining the idea of two nations intersecting in a single location.

Each room was furnished with an eye toward flexibility, and can suit a variety of purposes.
The library serves as both an office and a small, informal meeting space.
One of the challenges of introducing Scandinavian style into a tropical climate: the climate itself.
The interior is bright and spacious, with white walls that give each room a clean, fresh look.
The dining room houses one of Northern Lighting’s Moo lamps, in a nod to traditional ski lodge décor.
During the day, floor-to-ceiling windows let in abundant natural light.