Umami is a multi-family housing project that takes a very rational form and wraps it with playful, luxurious balconies. The façade is composed of prefabricated elements clad in brick and concrete while the balconies that wrap them are clad in shiny aluminium.

Studio Name: FOJAB
Design Team: Jens Larsson, Max Zotterman, Greger Stetz, Yeelen Levy, Anna Thorell, Jordan Lane, Sofia Carlberg
Area: 10.500 m²
Year: 2021
Location: Stockholm
Photography Credits: Petter Cohen

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There are three buildings in the project and each has its own colour palette with the balconies being clad in either copper, silver or gold.

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The apartments are rental units designed for relatively compact living. Adding a generous balcony to the living space made them feel larger and created a highly desirable indoor/outdoor experience with magnificent views.

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The project is situated at the edge of a new city district in a norther suburb of Stockholm and each building is carefully placed on the top of a hill, keeping the forest close to the facades. The typology, together with a more free arrangement, is an intentional contrast to the adjoining city blocks as a way of articulating the transition from city to nature.


FOJAB is one of Sweden’s leading architectural firms with offices in Malmö, Stockholm and Helsingborg. FOJAB has 170 highly qualified employees with experience of projects with high demands on design and function. The company is owned by the leading architects in the business.

The employees have a large range of skills: architects, landscape architects, urban planners, interior designers and engineers. The office, which has been in existence since 1971, is focused on qualified and demanding customers. The assignments mainly include urban design projects, housing, premises for education, care, offices, but also public environments such as traffic terminals and business centers.


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