Space Rentals

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Rental and Event Services

Scandinavia House is one of New York City’s most exciting event venues, offering spaces for banquets, receptions, conferences, business meetings, performances, and film screenings. Designed by the celebrated American architect James Stewart Polshek, Scandinavia House is a stunning modern building that puts Scandinavian culture on display with design materials and furnishings representing the five Nordic countries. Detailed with exquisite care, the cultural center reflects Scandinavia’s well-deserved reputation for excellent craftsmanship and sophisticated design.

The building is located in Midtown Manhattan on Park Avenue between 37th and 38th Streets. It is close to major New York landmarks such as the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the New York Public Library, and the United Nations headquarters. It is also conveniently close to both Grand Central Station and Pennsylvania Station. If your guests are visiting from outside the New York area, we have close working relationships with several nearby hotels.

Scandinavia House has a list of preferred caterers including Smörgås Chef which manages a full service restaurant on our main floor. For information on other caterers please contact the Scandinavia House Manager by calling 212-847-9719.

Rooms and Facilities

Lower Level

Victor Borge Hall combines the best in Scandinavian design with state-of-the-art technology. The 168-seat auditorium is perfect for business, press, and scholarly meetings as well as symposia, lectures, films, and concerts. The hall is equipped with 35 mm film projectors with Dolby Surround Sound, digital projection capability and digital recording equipment for concerts and presentations.

A spacious gallery adjacent to the room is ideal for small receptions before or after your event, and a green room is available for use by performers and presenters.

2nd Floor

Volvo Hall is a bright, dramatic space with glass walls to its east and west overlooking Park Avenue. Located on the second floor, it has an adjoining garden terrace with quartzite stone and wood details, offers an ideal setting for outdoor receptions and meeting breaks. Volvo Hall can accommodate up to 220 guests for receptions and 100 for seated dining, has facilities for business presentations and conferences. The hall is also ideal for wedding receptions, corporate presentations and luncheons, showroom space for merchandisers and has been used for fashions shows for several years.

Main Floor

The F. Donald Kenney Reception Area and Taplin Café, a 2,200 square foot space located on the main level of Scandinavia House overlooking Park Avenue, houses Smörgås Chef at Scandinavia House and can accommodate an evening reception or a seated dinner.

3rd Floor

Treat guests at your next event to world-class exhibitions of the best Scandinavian painting, sculpture, photography, and design. Our gallery, an expansive 1,800 square foot space with high ceilings and a polished spruce floor, is a stylish setting for receptions of up to 150.

4th Floor

The Halldór Laxness Library, a handsome space for meetings of up to 20 people, is furnished in classic Scandinavian design. Huge windows overlook Park Avenue, offering an excellent vista of New York landmarks. Computers with internet access are available and a small reading area is adjacent to the main part of the room.

Additional Conference and Meeting Rooms

Scandinavia House has a number of additional conference and meeting rooms that can accommodate groups as large as 30 or as few as 8. Equipped with presentation equipment, telephone, and computer access as well as the finest in Scandinavian furniture, these rooms are perfect for smaller seminars, meetings and presentations.

Scandinavia House is ready to host your next private, business, or non-profit event. Contact Victoria McGann, Scandinavia House Manager, at 212-847-9719 or for details, including a list of technical equipment available.

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