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 experimental studio Belatchew Labs has been created in order to ensure that the company is at the forefront of innovation and sustainability, where answers to contemporary challenges are being investigated. The projects are visionary and strive to inspire, question and challenge.
Belatchew Labs’ projects have received several awards, including the Architecture Review MIPIM Future Project Award 2015, the Smart Living Challenge 2014 and the Swedish National Design Award Design S 2014. Belatchew Labs’ projects have also been published in a variety of international journals and media outlets as well as in several books.
The Belatchew Labs portfolio includes:
- StrawScraper – a hairy skyscraper that also serves as an urban power plant.
- InsectCity/BuzzBuilding – BuzzBuilding is part of the Belathew Labs project InsectCity, with the aim of making Stockholm self-sufficient in protein through urban insect production.
- SwimCity – a project that aims to increase the supply of housing for young people by creating a sustainable living on water. The project was supported by the Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning.
- SthlmLoop – An effective catalyst for 100,000 new residents and their needs in terms of work, housing, distribution, trade and sport.
- LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) in the Design Phase – The project aims to develop a tool to improve decision-making on the economy and the environment by examining processes for both the construction of a project and the rest of the building’s life cycle. The project is divided into the phases of research, programming and testing.
Belatchew Labs’ projects have been featured by, for example, ArchDaily; Archinet; Architizer; BBC; China Daily; CNN; Dagens Nyheter; Daily Mail; Der Spiegel; DesignBoom; Deutsche Welle; Dezeen; FastCompany; FORM; Huffington Post; Inhabitat; La Stampa; Le Figaro; Le Monde; National Geographic; RUM; Sveriges Radio; Sveriges Television; The Architectural Society of China; The Atlantic; TV5Monde; and Yahoo TV!