TWIST Shortlisted for WAF 2015

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TWIST by Belatchew Arkitekter has been shortlisted for this year’s World Architecture Festival in the “Commercial – Mixed Use” category. The World Architecture Festival is the world’s largest international architectural event. It includes the biggest architectural awards programme in the world, dedicated to celebrating excellence via live presentations to delegates and international juries. This year the festival takes place November 4 – 6 in Singapore.

More info in this press release (in Swedish) >>

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Development of building in Stockholm

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Development of residential building in Stockholm

The City of Stockholm has granted Belatchew Fastigheter – Belatchew Arkitekter’s real estate company – the right to acquire a bit of land in Stockholm in order to develop a residential building on the land in question.

More information available in the original press release (in Swedish) >>

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Architectural Review MIPIM Award

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Belatchew Arkitekter has been awarded the Architectural Review MIPIM Future Project Award 2015 at the 26th edition of the MIPIM property event currently being held in Cannes, France, for the urban insect farm BuzzBuilding in the non-enterable category ‘Sustainability.’

More info in press release >>

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Architectural Competition Won

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Atrium Ljungberg, one of Sweden’s largest listed real estate companies, has selected Belatchew Arkitekter as the winner of an invited architectural competition for the construction of a symbolic building in Hagastaden in Stockholm. The building will serve as a meeting place for those who live in, work in, and visit the area, and will accommodate a restaurant and a rooftop terrace.

Atrium Ljungberg said on the choice of Belatchew Arkitekter as the winner:

“For a very attractive and inspiring proposal, called the HagaTwist, the architects have placed great value on a human, sustainable and symbolic interpretation. The HagaTwist is a sculptural building where function, form and materials contrast with its surroundings and, in an appealing way, enriches and contributes to the fulfillment of the vision for Hagastaden. It is a landmark building that welcomes, invites and creates great curiosity.”

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Rahel Belatchew on Power List

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Rahel Belatchew has been included on a “power list” compiled by the magazine Rum.

“19. Rahel Belatchew Lerdell, architect and founder of Belatchew Architects, has through the Belatchew Labs project InsectCity / Buzz Building demonstrated that the architect has an important societal role. The project has had a major impact internationally. Belatchew represents important innovation.”

The List >>

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A Bicycle Garage

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Sweden’s largest daily Dagens Nyheter have published an article about our new residential building in central Stockholm. The uniqueness of this project is that there is no parking for cars but space for 700 bikes.

The article is available here >>

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Stockholm Design Week

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Stockholm Design Week is approaching and on Thursday, 5 February, Rahel Belatchew will participate in the event “Träffa S:en” (meet the Design S Winners), arranged by ArkDes (the Swedish Architecture and Design Center) and Svensk Form (the Swedish Society of Crafts and Design). Welcome! More info>>

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We won the Smart Living Challenge

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Belatchew Labs’ urban insect farm Buzz Building has won the international innovation award Smart Living Challenge; an open, international innovation competition designed to generate business opportunities and ideas for sustainable living in urban environments.

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SwimCity

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Belatchew SwimCity plan

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.

SwimCity – Press Release >>

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SwimCity – 3D-Printed Housing on Water

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SwimCity – 3D-Printed Housing on Water

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.

SwimCity – Press Release >>

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The Swedish National Design S Award

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Our urban insect farm BuzzBuilding has been awarded the Swedish National Design S Award by Svensk Form, Swedish Society of Crafts and Design.

The motivation of the jury:

“A life-changing urban space that unites Stockholm’s residents with nature. Funny, radical and intellectually thoughtful for city dwellers who want to reduce their climate impact.”

More about the BuzzBuilding here >>

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Belatchew HQ – Short Stories

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Interior for our own office on Södermalm in Stockholm, Sweden.

The office is located in an industrial building, Danviksstation, formerly Södermalms generator. The building is given a lot of character by its details in yellow brick and copper. Inside, the office is characterized by a generous ceiling height with concrete arches.

Three criteria were set for the interior design.

1. To create a functional and pleasant workplace.

2. Use the premises as a display of material samples in full scale

3. Let each employee make a definite impression on the interior.

The major part of the room is furnished like a workshop – or creative workshop – where we work, build models and have access to our library. In such a large open space the great challenge is the acoustic environment. In order not to cover the beautiful arched concrete roof but still get a good sound environment, we have chosen to cover most of the floor with a large rug with different textures and colors and dress one wall with large felt panels. In addition to decreasing noise the panel wall is our bulletin board. Along the opposite wall the work of the company is presented on large color prints.

To engage and enable all employees of the office to leave a mark on the interior, we created what we call “Short Stories,” a series of stories that are memories of a color. Each employee has contributed with a color of their choice, that has then been painted in an entire room or otherwise given a prominent position. These injections of color are found in the smaller rooms outside of the main workplace, such as kitchen, quiet room, toilets and meeting rooms. Somewhere on the painted surface is a color code, a date, the memory in question and the name of the person who remembers. For example, visitors entering the hall are met by “NCS S 2030-B60G Niels Taxibilar Kuba (Taxi cars Cuba) 2009”. The text for each color has consciously been discreetly placed and requires a little effort to find, creating curiosity and generating a journey through space. The colors are also carriers of a story that gives a glimpse of the people of the company.

As a complement to traditional material samples, we have chosen to use our premises to experience samples of material at full scale. Several shorter walls are covered with the standard wood samples from the hardware stores. It features panels in different sections and with different surface treatment so that both we and our customers can experience the material in actual size. The large carpet in our workshop also serves as a material sample of different kinds of rugs in different textures and colors. Likewise, the sometimes sharp colors of “Short Stories” are opportunities to experience entire rooms painted in something other than white.

A part of our workshop is a lounge area with armchairs. The armchair group here consists of well-chosen furniture representing different eras and styles from classical to contemporary modern design. The venue holds about 20 workstations thereby giving us the opportunity to expand and it also works well to hold bigger events of all kinds.

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Belatchew Arkitekter’s 20/25 in the book 25 kvadrat

BelatchewArkitekter-20-25 In a time when housing shortage – particularly for young people and students – is a great problem, the so-called attefallshuset with its 25 m2 is brought forward as a solution. If this house is to be a real solution to the housing shortage one has to look at the 25 m2 with a fresh pair of eyes.

In an attempt to do so Belatchew Arkitekter has created 20/25 – a house of 25 m2 housing 20 people. To solve this equation 20 capsules have been created; holes in the wall accommodating a bed and some storage space. A corridor passing through the house binds the 20 capsules together with common areas such as kitchen, shower and toilet.

– 20/25 should be seen as our contribution to the housing debate where both politicians and citizens need to realize the necessity of densification in order to achieve a real solution to the housing shortage, says Rahel Belatchew Lerdell, CEO and founder, Belatchew Arkitekter.

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BuzzBuilding nominated to Svensk Form’s award Design S

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The insect farm BuzzBuilding has been nominated to Svensk Form’s award Design S, Sweden’s national design award. The winners will be chosen at the event DesignDagen on November 26 at Arkitektur- och designcentrum.

BuzzBuilding has been developed within Belatchew Labs with the goal of making Stockholm self-sufficient in protein. In 2050 the population of the Earth will reach 9 billion and a question that arises is what a sustainable and sufficient food production could look like. A solution is to find alternatives to meat, such as insects. By placing insect farms in nine roundabouts in Stockholm the city could become self-sufficient in protein. In order to visualize what an urban insect production might look like, Belatchew Labs has developed the insect farm BuzzBuilding situated in Stockholm, with 10 350 m² surface for the breeding of crickets.

– It is a great honor to see BuzzBuilding nominated to the award Design S, especially since BuzzBuilding is part of our ambition to contribute to innovative thinking about the sustainable city, says Rahel Belatchew Lerdell, CEO and founder.

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Swedish Colour Centre Foundation celebrates 50 years

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Yesterday we participated at the seminar “Where did the colour go?” held by the Swedish Colour Centre Foundation in celebration of its 50th anniversary. A panel of architects, design experts and academics discussed where the colour went in design teaching, in our homes, working places and in the cityscape.

50 years ago, the Swedish Colour Centre Foundation initiated the creation of the colour system NCS (Natural Color System). Psychologists interviewed thousands of people working with colour in order to create a logical color notation system built on the way people perceive colour. Today the system is used all over the world.

Our CEO Rahel Belatchew Lerdell had the privilege of speaking at the event, and discussed colour as a fundamental part of architecture. Ralf Weber from Dresden University, architect and author Rasmus Wærn, architecture historian Martin Rörby as well as TV-host and design expert Li Pamp also spoke about different aspects of colour.

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