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Green Pavilion Makes One of Stockholm’s Most Unfriendly Places More Welcoming


Tegelbacken is one of Stockholm’s most unfriendly places situated at the heart of the city, between the City Hall, the Central Railway station and Rosenbad, the home of the government.

Today, the place is mainly a grey traffic hub where cars, trains, cyclists and pedestrians cross, much at the expense of the latter. It is also one of the main tourist passages between the Central Railway station and different tourist attractions such as the Old town, the City Hall and the Royal Castle.
The unfriendly nature of the place makes it difficult for visitors to find their way around as much as it fails in conveying a fair image of the city.

This analysis led to the design proposal of a Green Pavilion by architect Rahel Belatchew at RB Arkitektur as part of the office’s ongoing development idea projects for Stockholm and its surroundings.

The Green Pavilion is an information centre that will give Tegelbacken the focal point it lacks today and provide by passers with useful information.

- There could not be a better place for a tourist information centre, where one can find information about current activities in the city. This neat pavilion would bring an injection of life in an area which today is more of a no man’s land, says Rahel Belatchew.

The curved facades of the building are made of highly insulated glass. Vertical screens painted green on the inside provide shade and can also display posters.

The final colour scheme of the building was the result of collaboration with colour manufacturer Alcro who, while launching their new newsletter asked Rahel Belatchew to make use of the colour “Green”, a part of the Alcro ad.08 collection.

- The colour ”Green” works perfectly well in this context. Along with surrounding plants, inside and outside become interwoven and the idea of a “green room” enhanced, says Rahel Belatchew.

At night the pavilion will act as a bright torch making the public space more secure.

When asked if she would call this a characteristic RB Arkitektur design, Rahel Belatchew responds:

- My latest proposal for interventions in Stockholm was a high rise building on Kungsbron, so this is a project of a different scale and approach. Should one look for something typical, then it would be the fact that our design always aims at being contemporary and innovative.

The Green Pavilion will be a more or less self-supporting building with use of the latest techniques from Swedish clean tech companies and is part of RB Arkitektur’s work with ecological buildings with the prior launch of “Eco House” for Willa Nordic.

High-res pictures of the pavilion can be downloaded at


RB Arkitektur is an architectural practice working in the field of contemporary and innovative architecture, and has attracted much attention in international media and has also been published in several architectural books.

Rahel Belatchew Lerdell was appointed Architect of the Year 2006/2007 by receiving ’The Great Design Award’ from Residence Magazine.

In the summer of 2007 Wallpaper*, the international design magazine, chose RB Arkitektur 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.

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.


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 urban intervention
 urban development
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