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RB Arkitektur Develops Uppsala’s Inner City

Among a great number of applicants RB Arkitektur has been chosen to form the first stage of the new city development area of Östra Sala Backe in Uppsala, the fourth largest city of Sweden.


Among a great number of applicants RB Arkitektur, the construction company Åke Sundvall Byggnads AB and the office of landscape architecture Urbio have been chosen to jointly form the first stage of the new city development area of Östra Sala Backe in Uppsala. Uppsala is the fourth largest city of Sweden, situated 70 km north of the Sweden’s capital, Stockholm. Founded in 1477, Uppsala University is the oldest center of higher education in Scandinavia. Uppsala is also the ecclesiastical center of Sweden, being the seat of the Archbishop of the Church of Sweden.

The municipality of Uppsala has decided to develop Östra Sala backe into an attractive city environment with habitations, service and workplaces. Östra Sala backe is to become an important part in the development of the eastern district of Uppsala and will contribute with something new in terms of substance, function and design. The area will be planned and built with the people in focus and with the point of departure in the latest technology and environmental sustainability. The new structure will link together surrounding areas into a coherent and closely connected district, and help create a more compact, more intimate and functionally diverse district with an inner city character. (source:

- Uppsala is in an expansive phase and it is a privilege to be able to partake in the first stage of such an important city development project, says Rahel Belatchew Lerdell, CEO and founder of RB Arkitektur AB.

About Rahel Belatchew Arkitektur

Rahel Belatchew Arkitektur AB (RB Arkitektur) is an architectural firm working within a wide range of projects, from city planning and housing to offices and retail. Our strength lies in our ideas and our ability to find new, often unexpected solutions that strengthen sites and add value to real estate. We follow the global development on sustainability and consider it our mission to integrate sustainable solutions in all our projects

Rahel Belatchew Lerdell, MSA/SAR, DESA has a Master’s Degree in Architecture from Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris, and has worked as an architect in Paris, Luxemburg, Tokyo and Stockholm.

RB Arkitektur has received several awards in recent years, including Architect of the Year 2006/2007 by receiving ’The Great Design Award’ from Residence Magazine. In 2007 Wallpaper*, the international design magazine, chose RB Arkitektur for its Architects Directory: 101 of the world’s most exciting new architects. RB Arkitektur’s projects have been widely published in international press and in several books.


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