Digitization, innovation, sustainability

Belatchew Arkitekter is an architectural firm working within a wide range of projects, from urban planning and housing to offices and public buildings.

About Belatchew Arkitekter

Belatchew Arkitekter is an architectural firm working within a wide range of projects, from urban planning and housing to offices and public buildings. 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 the Architectural Review MIPIM Future Project Award 2015, Smart Living Challenge 2014, the Swedish National Design S Award 2014 and Architect of the Year 2006/2007. Belatchew Arkitekter’s projects have been widely published in international press and in several books.

About Belatchew Labs

Belatchew Labs is a studio within Belatchew Arkitekter that works with experimental projects that aim first and foremost to investigate and test new approaches and solutions to urban and architectural issues. The projects are visionary and strive to inspire, question and challenge.

About Rahel Belatchew

Rahel Belatchew, MSA / SAR, DESA, Chief architect and founder of Belatchew Arkitekter, received her master’s degree in architecture from the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris 1996 and has worked as an architect in Paris, Luxemburg, Tokyo and Stockholm. Rahel also runs the experimental studio Belatchew Labs in order to find solutions to the challenges of the contemporary city through method development, digitization and sustainable architecture. Rahel Belatchew is also engaged in real estate development for the realization of projects with high architectural qualities.

Rahel Belatchew has been appointed Architect of the Year and Belatchew Arkitekter and Belatchew Labs have received several awards in recent years, including Architectural Review MIPIM Future Project Award, Smart Living Challenge and the Swedish national design award Design S.

Rahel has participated in juries of many prestigious awards in Sweden and internationally, such as the World Architecture Festival, Les Totems Wood Award in France, the Latvian Wooden House Award, the Swedish Wood Award and Swedish Architects’ Residential Award. Belatchew often also gives speeches about architecture and city planning in Sweden and abroad.

Selected publications
20150207 Der Spiegel, 20150319 BBC, 20151110 CNN, 20150313 Le Figaro, 20150412 Platforma Urbana, 20150711 Business Insider MY , 20150308 Arch Daily, 20150305 Dagens Nyheter, 20150217 Fast Company / CoExist, 20140613 UN Habitat, 20140617 Fast Coexist, 20140618 Ny Teknik, 20140623 Le Monde, 20140704 The Architectural Society of China, 20140610 Houston Chronicle, 20140612 Designboom, 20140613 Archinet, 20140613 Architizer, 20140613 Inhabitat, 20140620 Curbed, 20140709 Virgin, 20140819 FORM, 20141127 Dagens Nyheter, 20140904 Stavanger Aftenblad, 20140904 Bergens Tidende, FORM 2014-08-19, Architectural Society of China 2014-07-15, Le Monde 2014-06-23, Ny Teknik 2014-06-18, Atlantico 2014-06-18, Dagens Samhälle 2014-06-12, The Atlantic 2014-06-13, Huffington Post 2013-05-30, China Daily 2013-05-24, Daily Mail 2013-05-22, La Stampa 2013, National Geographic 2013, DN 2013-02-15, Trä! 2012-04, Hinge Magazine Hong Kong 2008 vol 49, DI Weekend 2008-02-22, Plaza Finland 2008 nr 3, [Disajn] 2008 nr 3, Träinformation 2007 nr 1, DN Bostad 2007-10-26, Residence 2006 nr 8, Abstract Magazine Belgien 2005 nr 32, Het Nieuwsblad-Weekend Plaza Belgien 2005-03-19/20, Living Design Japan 2005 nr 42, De Standaard Belgien 2005-03-20, Interiør Norge 2005 nr 1, Arkitektur 2003 nr 3, Bauwelt Tyskland 2003 nr 1-2. Böcker: Space Craft 2 Gestalten förlag 2009, Ice Architecture Verlagshaus Braun förlag, 150 Best Bathroom Ideas New York 2009, Interior Design New York 2009, Patio Houses Latinta publishing Barcelona 2009, Small houses in nature Links publishing Barcelona 2006, Arkitekternas Villor Arkitektur Förlag 2004, Source Quadrille publishing London 2004, Architecture and Detail, China 2008.

Radio / TV
SVT Kobra 20140916, SR Spotlight 2016-02. Sveriges Radio Klotet 2014-06-18, Sveriges Radio Spanarna 2014-06-28, Canadian TV, “Port d’attache”, 2012, German TV, Deutsche Welle, 2010

Selection of lectures
Hong Kong Design Week through the Swedish Foreign Office 2016
Creative Nations in Nairobi through The Swedish Institute 2016
Archtober goes Nordic at the Van Alen Institute in New York 2016
Lecture and exhibition at “Reprogramming the City” at The Swedish Centre for Architecture
and Design in Stockholm 2015
IVA – The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences 2014
LTH – at Lund University Architectural department 2016
The urban planning department of the city of Stockholm 2016
World Architecture Festival 2015
Lecture and guest critic at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm 2009
Guest teacher and guest critic at ESA Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris 2013 and 2014

Awards and honorary assignments
Jury member at World Architecture Festival, Singapore, 2014, 2015 och 2016
AR Mipim Future project Award 2015
Winner of Smart Living Challenge 2015
Shortlisted at World Architecture Festival, Singapore, 2013 och 2015
Jury member of “Imagine Open Skåne” 2016
Jury member of the Swedish Wooden Awards 2016
Jury member of Swedish Architects’ Residential Award 2015 och 2016
Jury member of Stockholm’s Building of the Year 2014
Member of review panel at the assignment of Professor of Architecture at The Royal Institute of Art 2016
1st prize competition for a pavilion in Hagastaden Stockholm 2015
1st prize competition for residential building in Royal Sea Port, Stockholm 2010 and 2016
1st prize urban planning competition for a new district in Börjetull, Uppsala, 2009
1st prize development of Hallunda Centrum, 2008
Lecturer and workshop leader at Eco Week in Thessaloniki and in Milano 2010
Jury member, Les Totems Wood Award in France 2008
Jury member, Latvian Wooden House Award 2008
Exhibition at Virserum Art Museum 2010
Exhibition of Eco House in Budapest hosted by the Swedish Foreign Office 2008
101 of the world’s most exciting new architects by Wallpaper* magazine 2007
Architect of The Year Award by Residence magazine 2007
Shortlist Bauwelt Prize, Germany, for villa RBDVD, 2003