Wallpaper* Unveils RB Arkitektur, with Sweden’s Architect of the Year, as One of the World’s Most Exciting New Architects
Wallpaper*, the international design magazine, has chosen RB Arkitektur (http://www.rbark.se/) for its Architects Directory: 101 of the world’s most exciting new architects. The directory emphasizes RB Arkitektur’s ambition to identify the uniqueness of each project through extensive analysis of each different programme. Such an approach allows for a variety of expressions and architectural solutions.
The Architects Directory: 101 of the world’s most exciting new architects, http://www.wallpaper.com/101/architects-directory.html, features Wallpaper's favourite emerging practices and studios, including the world's most exciting new talents.
As one of the most respected magazines in the architectural world, Wallpaper's Architects Directory will be a trusted resource; and it will be searchable, allowing visitors to pinpoint practices and studios by location, http://www.timewarner.com/corp/newsroom/pr/0,20812,1643222,00.html.
Tony Chambers, Wallpaper* editor-in-chief, says: "Wallpaper* and its readers are passionate about architecture so launching this directory makes perfect sense. Wallpaper* cast its critical net across the globe to compile this directory of the best young architecture practices, which I'm delighted will be available to readers whenever they need it on wallpaper.com."
The directory emphasizes RB Arkitektur’s ambition to identify the uniqueness of each project through extensive analysis of each different programme. Such an approach allows for a variety of expressions and architectural solutions.
The site, area and locale are the greatest source of inspiration for Belatchew Lerdell, who says, 'My inspiration lies mainly in the zeitgeist.' The architect is also inspired by other aspects of contemporary culture, especially fashion, contemporary art and photography.
Acknowledging the importance of environmental and sustainable issues in the development of architecture, the practice is orientating its design towards incorporating all relevant technologies. Belatchew Lerdell also predicts that 'various aspects of globalisation will have an even greater impact on the way we live and the houses we build'.
-It is of course very gratifying having been identified by a magazine such as Wallpaper*, since they very consistently have presented high quality architecture over the years, comments Rahel Belatchew Lerdell, CEO, RB Arkitektur AB.
- This recognition consolidates our strategy to establish ourselves internationally, taking part in architectural competitions, in order to win larger commissions worldwide.
About RB Arkitektur and Rahel Belatchew Lerdell
RB Arkitektur AB is an architectural practice working in the field of contemporary and innovative architecture. The aim of RB Arkitektur is to deliver high quality architecture as well as an added value to the clients. The projects include offices and retail as well as residential projects. Clients can be found among public authorities, companies and organizations as well as private commissioners. RB Arkitektur's architecture has attracted much attention in international media and has also been published in several architectural books.
RB Arkitektur was founded by Rahel Belatchew Lerdell, who was born in Ethiopia in 1969, and grew up in Uppsala, Sweden. After receiving a Masters Degree in Architecture from Ecole Spéciale d'Architecture in Paris, Rahel worked as an architect in Paris, Luxemburg and Tokyo. After a decade of working abroad, she returned to Sweden in the year of 2000.
Rahel Belatchew Lerdell was appointed Architect of the Year 2006/2007 by receiving 'Det Stora Formpriset' (Swedish for 'The Great Design Award') from Residence Magazine.
The following is an excerpt from the jury's motivation: “The jury, chaired by Residence's Editor-in-Chief Mårten Niléhn, recognized that some authors write the same book over and over again or return to the same character year after year. And some architects return to the same forms in an on-going greatest hits collection. Rahel Belatchew Lerdell does not belong to them. --- Another way to create a trademark is to deliberately try to drown your own attributes and creative tics, and start every building project from a blank sheet of paper. In which case a personal undertone is most often maintained, and for Rahel Belatchew Lerdell it is a certain continental elegance that shines through her buildings. They could as easily be situated in Paris as in Stockholm.” (http://www.rbark.se/PressArchitectoftheYear.htm).
For more information about RB Arkitektur and Rahel Belatchew Lerdell, as well as high-res images, please contact us on +46 8 55 80 14 14 or visit http://www.rbark.se/.
Rahel Belatchew Lerdell