Residential Housing



Residential Housing in Uppsala, Sweden

Knäckepilen is a residential house built in Uppsala with a facade of shiny zinc, bold angles and triangular-shaped balconies resulting in a house above the ordinary.
The house has a strategic location besides a park and therefore becomes visible from a far distance, which means particularly high demands on the design. The ambition was therefore to create a unique house that does not resemble anything else and where the choice fell on zinc sheet as a new and interesting material for the site. By using a single material – in this case zinc sheets – the volumes become more prominent, such as the triangular-shaped windows and the balconies.
The sharp shape of the house creates a line of sight between Vaksala church and Uppsala castle, creating a lot of character with large glazed areas or open balconies on the short sides. Something that also makes the house unique is the triangular-shaped balconies facing the park.
The house has a nice location next to the Knäckepil park and a lovely courtyard. The house has a lot of character and the apartments are well-planned and bright. There is also a sunny roof terrace to which the residents have access.

Client: Åke Sundvall AB
Photo: Anders Fredriksen

BuzzBuilding in Archinect, 2014.
Read more
Rahel Belatchew in HSB Uppsala 80 år, 2013
Read more
Twist in Trä! #2 2015
Read more
Strawscraper in VICE August 2013
Rahel Belatchew in Form Magazine
Read more
Rahel Belatchew portrayed in ICON Magazine #7 2012.
Read more
"stockholm loop project reuses existing structures to create new infrastructure, by belatchew labs"
Read more
Discus featured by @ArchDaily
DesignBoom: belatchew arkitekter's irregular high rise will become a symbol of swedish modernity
DesignBoom >>>
In 2017 Green Savers published an article about InsectCity.
In 2017 Swedish magazine RUM published an article about Fjärilen.
Tidskriften Rum
“Rahel Belatchew of the Swedish urban design practice, Belatchew Arkitekter, highlighted an experimental proposal of how urbanites in Stockholm could one day get their food.”
And the World Building of the Year is...