Engelsberg is situated in a wooded rural setting, in the mining area of Norberg in central Sweden, just two hours north of Stockholm. (Engelsberg on the map.) The site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site centered on historic steel processing works and owned by the Ax:son Johnson Foundation. The establishment has been converted to provide comfortable residential accommodation and a conference centre. It stands as one of the most outstanding and well preserved examples of 17th-19th century Swedish industrial sites.
The venue is historic and beautiful, especially on a good Swedish summer day. Engelsberg ironworks is situated by the forest and between two lovely lakes for swimming. Each student is given their own work desk in the spacious studio at Ventilfabriken, a former industrial factory at the site.
The site also has a number of buildings that make interesting architectural studies. The Manor House was built around the year 1700 and rebuilt after a fire in the 1740s. The style is based on French models and was introduced by the Swedish architect Carl Hårleman. The house was renovated in 1830 and given new windows, façade paint, a clock tower, and a porch with eight Ionic pillars. Beyond the Manor House, Engelsberg ironworks has a great amount of well-preserved architecture that used to be part of production, such as an earth-and-timber furnace, the ironworks office, the forge and weigh-house.