SwimCity – 3D-Printed Housing on Water

Press Release – Stockholm: December 3, 2014

Belatchew Arkitekter’s studio Belatchew Labs presents SwimCity, a project that aims to increase the supply of housing for young people by creating a sustainable living on water. The project has been supported by the Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning.

With the help of 3D printing and recycled concrete Belatchew Arkitekter creates floating housing for students and young adults – the homes are unique and adapts to the landscape. Locating the buildings on the surface of water, the possibilities are almost endless for creating continuous variable structures, depending on current demand. Besides that water is an unused building ground, it is also a potential energy source that can be used for energy in various ways, such as wave power and water–water heat pumps.

The supply of homes for young can be increased and broadened through an innovative construction on the water. Because the water is seen as extra space to build on, the location of the floating student dormitories vary; such as underused ports, quays and dock areas.

Waste from the building industry accounts for a large part of the total carbon footprint, and by recycling concrete SwimCity contributes to reducing the burden on the environment. 3D-printing of buildings is a new technology that makes it easier, cheaper and more efficient to build. By reusing construction waste and create new concrete that is 3D-printable the building process becomes ecologically and economically sustainable. The construction process is shortened, is made safer, more effective and allows for numerous design possibilities.

– Following on the urban insect farm BuzzBuilding and the urban power plant Strawscraper, Belatchew Labs now presents SwimCity, says Rahel Belatchew Lerdell, CEO and founder, Belatchew Arkitekter AB.

– The technological development in 3D-printed concrete has come very far. With SwimCity we show how the new technology makes it possible for us to create unique buildings which today’s prefab industry is not capable of, concludes Rahel Belatchew Lerdell, CEO and founder, Belatchew Arkitekter AB.

High resolution images and infographics: http://belatchew.com/en/media/swimcity-media-resources/

Keywords: 3D printing, recycled concrete, wave power


Rahel Belatchew Lerdell, CEO & Founder, phone +46 70 174 94 32, +46 8 55 80 14 14
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Belatchew Arkitekter is an architectural firm working within a wide range of projects, from urban planning and housing to offices and retail. The work of the office is idea driven with an aim to find unexpected solutions that enhance the potential of a site and add value to real estate. Belatchew Arkitekter follows the global development on sustainability and consider it our mission to integrate sustainable solutions in all our projects.

Belatchew Arkitekter has received several awards in recent years, including Sweden’s national design award Design S 2014, Architect of the Year 2006/2007 by receiving ‘The Great Design Award’ from Residence Magazine. In 2007 Wallpaper*, the international design magazine, chose Belatchew Arkitekter for its Architects Directory: 101 of the world’s most exciting new architects. Belatchew Arkitekter’s projects have been widely published in international press and in several books.

Rahel Belatchew Lerdell, MSA/SAR, DESA, founder of Belatchew Arkitekter, has a Master’s Degree in Architecture from Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris, and has worked as an architect in Paris, Luxemburg, Tokyo and Stockholm. Belatchew Lerdell lectures at Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris and at the School of Architecture at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. Belatchew Lerdell is also a member of the editorial board of the magazine Trä (Wood) and a jury member of the prestigious Swedish architectural award Träpriset.


Belatchew Labs is a studio within Belatchew Arkitekter that works with experimental projects that aims first and foremost to investigate and test new approaches and solutions to urban and architectonical issues.

The projects are visionary and strive to inspire, question and challenge.

Prior projects developed within labs include the urban insect farm BuzzBuilding and the hairy high-rise Strawscraper.


SwimCity – pier

Belatchew SwimCity pier

SwimCity – aerial view

Belatchew SwimCity aerial view

SwimCity – seascape

Belatchew SwimCity seascape

SwimCity – seascape & swimmers

Belatchew SwimCity seascape & swimmers

SwimCity – plan

Belatchew SwimCity plan