2020.12.21 VINTERTULLSTORGET 1 - NOMINATED FOR THE 2021 CONSTRUCTION OF THE YEAR! Årets Bygge, "Construction of the Year" is the Swedish public construction industry’s most prestigious prize, which is awarded every year by the magazine Byggindustrin.


2020.11.24 HILLEBARDEN We are happy to share our project Hillebarden in Älvsjö. Together with Storstaden Bostad, we have developed a residential block that in scale and expression clearly relates to its environment. The block is divided in three volumes, each with its own expression and qualities. Read more




2020.10.12 VINTERTULLSTORGET 1 - COMPLETED! We would like to thank all collaborators for a job well done. With a great team at our office and on building site we have achieved our goals. Thank you all for making the project successful!


2020.09.26 VIEW OF THE PRIVATE TERRACES FROM THE STAIRCASE Towards the courtyard the building has a stepping façade and private terraces create an intimate environment.


2020.09.26 ROOF TERRACE OF VINTERTULLSTORGET In a couple of weeks the new residents will move in and will be able to enjoy fantastic 360 views of Stockholm. Just finishing touches left.


2020.09.01 ONGOING: VILAN 24 Construction of Vilan 24 has started. The steel structure of the first floor is being raised. Up next are the concrete floor slabs and the top floor.




2020.07.31 VILAN 24 Commissioned by Savana UCA is starting a new transformation project. Two floors with apartments and generous terraces will be added on top of an existing building on Tulegatan. This technical challenge will generate high quality apartments with spectacular views over Stockholm. Besides large openings in the facade the addition will get a galvanised steel cladding.


2020.06.08 OUR SUMMER HOUSE PROJECT VIGGSÖ 109 IS COMPLETED! We would like to thank the Family and Sommarnöjen for a great collaboration. Read more ...


2020.06.09 BRANDBERGEN CENTRUM - BUILDING PERMIT APPROVED AND ON SITE WORK STARTED! Exciting times for our office and great news for Serneke and Savana! Brandbergen Centrum will soon be transformed into an attractive and lively meeting place for residents, users and visitors. A variety of buildings, containing both public functions and housing with high living qualities and new outdoor environments will be added to the area in three urban blocks.


BRANDBERGEN CENTRUM PROJECT GOES INTO ITS NEXT STAGE 2020.02.24 Serneke will be the contractor when Brandbergen Centrum, is remodelled and expanded. Savana AB and Serneke have signed a turnkey contract valued at approximately SEK 500 million. The project includes six residential buildings with 400 apartments and an extension of the shopping centre. On site work will start in March 2020 with the demolition. The project is planned to be completed in early 2023.




2020.03.31 ONE STEP CLOSER TO A NEW SÄTRA CENTRUM From 2 April to 14 May 2020, the project is exhibited at Tekniska Nämndhuset in Stockholm. Read more about the project: here

GOD JUL & GOTT NYTT ÅR 2019.12.17 2019 has been an eventful, exciting and educational year for us and we want to thank you all for a good and successful collaboration. We finish 2019 at the top and look forward to 2020! We at Urban Couture wish you happy holidays and all the best for the new year!


2019.10.01 NOW YOU CAN BUY ONE OF THE 77 APARTMENTS ON KATARINA BANGATA 79 AT SOTHEBY'S! Vintertullstorget is a transformation project of an existing office building into a housing block. The building will become a clear marking point along Katarina Bangata with a conscious design that fits into the context. The project is the result of a close collaboration with our client Savana. More information


2019.09.02 CONSTRUCTION STARTS ON VINTERTULLSTORGET Construction work has started on our transformation project in Stockholm. The former office building will be turned into 77 new homes. Completion of the development is expected in the Autum of 2020. Read more

2019.08.23-25 VIENNA STUDY TRIP AND THE D2 We had three days filled with new inspiration, interesting projects and finally great networking at the D2 Vienna. Vienna displays a wide range of innovative, top-quality contemporary architecture. Beside the great names such as Otto Wagner, Adolf Loos, Chipperfield and Zaha Hadid, there is also a young generation, whose outstanding works command considerable attention.

2019.07.08 TREVLIG SOMMAR! Dear Clients, Colleagues and Friends, we wish you all a relaxed and sunny summer! It is now time to take a highly earned summer break and we will be back 2019.08.19.

2019.04.10 ONGOING: BRANDBERGEN CENTRUM Since 2018 we have been developing parts of Brandbergen Centrum together with Savana. The project includes a total of six new residential buildings and an extension of the shopping centre. The new development will vary in height, from 1-19 floors. Building volumes will be a contemporary addition to Brandbergen. Building permit phase during 2019!

2019.04.08 CONSTRUCTION WILL START SOON! Building permit for Vintertull 1 is granted. Soon starts the transformation of the existing office building into a housing block. Vintertull 1 will become a clear marking point along Katarina Bangata with a conscious design that fits into the context. The project is the result of a close collaboration with our client Savana.


2019.01.25 AVAILABLE POSITIONS AT UCA Due to an expanding portfolio, UCA is inviting qualified candidates to apply as Junior Architect or Architectural Intern for our office in Stockholm to start immediately. Read more

2018.12.22 WE WISH YOU GREAT HOLIDAYS AND ALL THE BEST FOR THE NEW YEAR! 2018 has been an eventful year. The year began with the opening of our office Urban Couture Arkitekter AB. We are now an office of five and moved to Malmgårdsvägen 6 on Södermalm. The highlights of 2018 have obviously been all exciting projects and collaborations. We would like to thank all our partners, clients and friends who have supported us this year and we are looking forward to 2019!


2018.09.20 - 23 ISTANBUL STUDY TRIP AND DESIGN BIENNIAL Six of Istanbul’s most iconic cultural institutions are hosting the 2018 Design Biennial. "A School of Schools" discusses the challenges faced by design education in today’s changing world and it explores alternative models of design education in general. Jumping between the venues gave us even a great opportunity to discover Karaköy, an amazing and vibrant area of Istanbul, and to meet local architects and designers.

2018.06.08 PUBLIC ART IN SÄTRA CENTRUM Urban Couture curated and installed enamels in Sätra Centrum specially produced by artist Madeleine Pyk. This permanent, public exhibition is an initiative by Ahnström & Pyk to create a more attractive atmosphere and evoke positivity. We hope her naivistic style will bring joy to the inhabitants and visitors of all ages. The installation opened on ’Sätradagen’ the 9th of June 2018.


2018.05.22 BUILDING PERMIT APPLICATION FOR VINTERTULL 1 SUBMITTED UCA together with Savana has submitted the construction permit application for Vintertull 1 to Stockholm Municipality. Building permit is for transformation of the existing office building into a housing block.

2018.04.24 DESIGNING WITH MODELS, LECTURE AT THE ROYAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY UCA Partner Koen Kragting is talking about the central role physical models play during all phases of the design process in the work of UCA. In this time of digitalisation, the model comes closest to the experience of a yet unbuilt reality.

2018.04.13 PLACEMAKING WORKSHOP IN SÄTRA CENTRUM UCA and Ahnström Pyk attended the On site workshop STHLM Sätra today. As an important part of Fokus Skärholmen Sätra, Centrum is under development, whereby the challenge is to create a more attractive, inclusive and safe public place, especially for women and girls. Led by STIPO, supported by Stockholm Stad, Färg Fabriken, Ahnström & Pyk and UCA

2018.03.07 URBAN COUTURE SELECTED FOR YOUNG ARCHITECTS COMPETITION We are happy to announce that team UCA and Storstaden Bostad is one of four teams selected for a housing competition in Solberga organised by the municipality of Stockholm. We appreciate this initiative of the city to promote innovative architecture and give young architects the chance to enter the market.

2018.02.01 KOEN KRAGTING NY PARTNER PÅ URBAN COUTURE After 15 rewarding years at White, Neutelings Riedijk Architects and KCAP, Koen Kragting starts co-running Urban Couture Architects, together with Louise Jalilian. - This is fantastic news and a great opportunity for both of us! The office portfolio is rapidly growing and the timing could not have been better. We are looking forward to exciting projects, collaborations and building up our firm. Do not hesitate to get in touch!

2017.11.08 ARCHIPELAGO HOME ON VIGGSÖ Urban Couture received a commission in the Stockholm archipelago. The project consists of summer house and a guest house on a waterfront property. The site is a beautiful undulating landscape of pine trees and sculptural rocks with views towards the sea and includes two own islets.


2017.03.10 WE HAVE MOVED TO A NEW OFFICE SPACE! We are very glad to announce that we have moved to a new location in downtown Stockholm. From Oldtown to SoFo on Södermalm. We couldn't be more excited about our new space, which we will share with Marie, Pelle and Thomas from Smak Design. It has been an exciting two years for UCA, and we see this new location as the start of another chapter in our history. If you're in the area, come in!

2017.08.08 ARCHITECS MEETING & STUDY TRIP JAPAN During July UCA travelled through Japan on an amazing study trip. We started in Tokyo and then zigzagged through the country all the way down to the Okinawa Islands. We visited modern and classical Japanese architecture but, main focus was to study the work of the Metabolism architects. The program was based on the book Project Japan Metabolism Talks of Rem Koolhaas and Hans U. Obrist.

2016.10.28 FINALIST FOR THE STOCKHOLM INNOVATION SCHOLARSHIP We are glad to announce that our innovation project is selected as one of the finalists for the 2016 STHLM Innovation Scholarship. Although we cannot reveal too much about the content we can say that the project is testing and stretching the boundaries of Stockholms urban region. The aim of the Stockholm Innovation Scholarship is to reward and encourage people with bright ideas to take the next step towards developing these ideas.

2016.08.22 LOFT CONVERSION IN SUNDBYBERG Urban Couture's design for the conversion of two attic spaces in the centre of Sundbyberg into 6 generous 2-room apartments has received building permission after a fruitful dialogue with Sundbyberg kommun and the chairman of the housing association of Kv Liden. During the next phase a contractor will be selected. Planning building start winter 2016.

2016.05.20 LOFT 101 STARTS CONSTRUCTION The transformation of a grand attic space on Södermalm into two exclusive apartments has started. After clearing the complete space new dormers will be placed. Then the steel construction for the mezzanine floor will be welded. Completion is planned spring 2017.

2016.05.30 UCA SUBMITS A UNIQUE SOLUTION FOR SKELLEFTEÅ KULTURHUS With one of the most original, compact and integrated proposals Urban Couture competed with 54 other companies to design Skellefteås new cultural centre and hotel. ‘Rubikshus’ offers a contemporary open meeting place, which can adapt to any kind of cultural or social activity in the city.

2016.05.04 HOUSING PROJECT IN VALENCIA We are flying to Valencia for a potential project along the coast just north of the city. The project includes two holiday homes close to the beautiful beach of La Malva-Rosa. This would be the first project in Spain for the office!

2016.03.01 LOFT CONVERSION BLOCK LIDEN Urban Couture received a new commission in the city centre of Sundbyberg, a suburb north of Stockholm. The project consists of the conversion of two lofts located in two elegant building blocks from 1946 along the central street Sturegatan.

2015.06.21 PROJECT RAW Urban Couture will start with a preliminary design for their second loft conversion in Stockholm. The currently empty attic with a floor area of around 350 m2 will be transformed into 1 unique apartment with view over Barnhusviken and Vasastan. Construction is planned to start during spring 2016.

2015.09.04 DEVELOPING NEW STRATEGIES FOR SPRIDD Urban Couture is commissioned by the Stockholm based architecture office Spridd to develop a strategic business development plan. The goal is to proactively identify new opportunities to stimulate the growth of the company. Spridd is working on very interesting and ambitious socio-cultural projects in and around Stockholm. www.spridd.se

2015.07.03 PRIZEWINNER IN OPEN COMPETITION With our proposal ‘The Parking Palace’ we won the 2nd prize in an open architecture competition organized by BAI Den Bosch, in The Netherlands. The project asked for sustainable and innovative ideas to transform the roof of a parking building in the city center. During the annual architecture festival in Den Bosch, BAI Night, Urban Couture received the prize from Eric Logister, Alderman for Education, Urban Transformation, Land Development and Housing

2015.01.07 INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION WITH DIRK JAN POSTEL URBAN COUTURE + KRAAIJVANGER Louise Jalilian and Dirk Jan Postel are starting an international collaboration to pursue projects in Scandinavia and The Netherlands together. Since 2008 Louise and Dirk Jan worked closely together on several ambitious large-scale projects like the Provincial Government Building in Haarlem, the Dordrecht Museum, United World Campus in Abu Dhabi and Lux Residents in Tianjin. www.kraaijvanger.nl

2015.01.01 URBAN COUTURE IS MOVING TO GAMLA STAN In January 2015 we will move to Triewaldsgränd 1 in Gamla Stan and share office space with Kontur Arkitekter, Urban Minds and Berlin Arkitekter. We are looking forward to experiment with potential collaborations and meet our new collegues!

2015.04.29 EXCLUSIVE LOFTS ON SÖDERMALM During summer Urban Couture will start with the design of a loft conversion on Södermalm. The 6,5 meter high attic will provide space for a pair of exclusive apartments in two levels. Building permission is planned for autumn 2015.