Office Profile

OFFICE HISTORY

1991 Tania Concko wins EUROPAN 2 , an international housing competition for the development of 3.5ha waterfront site on in Zaanstad, The Netherlands. (1)

1992 Tania Concko sets up an office with the Dutch architect Pierre Gautier (until 1996)

1993 Tania Concko becomes Urban Planner & Planning Consultant for the Local Authority of the city of Zaanstad.

1997 Tania Concko establishes her own architecture and urban design practice in Amsterdam: Tania Concko Architects Urbanists  ( TCAU )

1997- 2007 Tania Concko is selected to be a member of the ‘Quality Team’ an independent city-client advisory body to review the development of the new city centre of Almere, an urban masterplan by Rem Koolhaas / OMA .

2000 TCAU (1) completes the EUROPAN 2 Zaanwerf Project in Zaanstad. The project wins several international awards.

2001 – 2011 TCAU continues to develop its activities by taking advantage of its NL / FR base and networks to offer urban and architectural expertise to public and private clients.

2009 TCAU has its first retrospective exhibition in the Centre of architecture Arc en Rêve in Bordeaux  titled “Tania Concko / Territoires en Mouvement”.

2010 TCAU’s housing project in Lyon Confluence wins the French national award “Les Pyramides d’or 2010” with the project client Nexity Apollonia.

2012 – to present TCAU reinforces its activities on an international scene and elicits a growing interest in its ability to provide singular, creative solutions for the future of cities.

(1) Associated to Pierre Gautier.

 

OFFICE PRESENTATION

TANIA CONCKO ARCHITECTS URBANISTS ( TCAU ) has been located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands since 1997 and is recognised internationally for it’s creative approach to housing and urbanism, enriched from an experience based on the plurality and confrontation of approaches.

Interface, interaction, “in between” are the keywords of a body of work, expressed in its reflection and attitude through studies and achievements but as well through urban and architectural research, teaching, participation in workshops, lectures and symposiums.

With its Dutch / French bases and their networks, TCAU has been profiting from being uniquely placed to bring innovative solutions. This aspect of its experience is pivotal since Holland has solutions and capacities which offer fastness and more cost effectiveness than traditional building approach mainly used in Europe.

Besides, Holland offers to the office a real innovating knowledge of large-scale urban projects, strategies and working methodologies which make the Dutch experience one of the most successful in Europe over the last 15 years and one of the most sought after…

TCAU’s core work of Housing and Urbanism is geared towards address the pressing questions related to the large urban renaissance which takes place currently in many European countries and beyond.

The well reviewed Retrospective Exhibition of TCAU’s work at the Arc-en-reve, Bordeaux in 2009, followed more recently by the presentation of TCAU’s work at conferences in Sao Paulo, Paris, Ottawa and Casablanca, forms a clear indicator of the growing international interest in the different approaches that the office takes to reflecting on specific and creative solutions for the the future of cities…

WORKSHOPS
TCAU has gained an extensive experience of design workshops, blending cultural experiences, exchanging ideas, proposing collective creative perspectives of development, engaging with city councils, institutions, community members of neighbourhoods, local organisations and architecture students.

Recently, TCAU was invited by the city municipalities of Sao Paulo and Ottawa to participate in workshops with their urban departments, to present approaches developed in Europe in general and by TCAU in particular, and to help review major changes planned in their metropolitan areas,

PROJECTS
TCAU’s first completed project, the reconversion of a 3.5ha industrial urban waterfront site in the city of Zaanstad, the Netherlands was widely published and won several international awards

Since then, TCAU has worked on many large-scale projects for the restructuring or strategic transformation of territories in Europe, and has actively participated in the reflection on major sites of the urban renewal in France.

ON THE TERRITORY OF THE URBAN COMMUNITY OF BORDEAUX.
TCAU is currently realising a new urban district, the transformation of a 1960s suburb in Begles, “les Terres Neuves Nord” (5ha), in which TCAU designed the masterplan, the public spaces and two housing buildings. TCAU also supports the development of the other architectural projects in the masterplan, acting as urban planners of the neighbourghood and as urban advisor to the developer.

In 2010, TCAU was commissioned by the municipality of Begles gave to make a prospective study ” Begles City -Vision 2030” exploring the challenges and the benefits of development of the municipality within Bordeaux Metropolis, and regarding the new dynamic brought by “National Interest classification territory” ( “ OIN du Territoire Euratlantique” ) in the Urban Community of Bordeaux ( “ CUB” ).

In 2006, TCAU developed the Masterplan for the University Campus Talence-Pessac-Gradignan (250ha), guide-plan for the Cities and the Campus Communities .

This masterplan, part of a “National Interest classification territory”, OPERATION CAMPUS, allowed the technical project and current real estate from the University of Bordeaux, firstly, to emerge on the principles and management strategies for the university area established by Tania Concko, and secondly, to realise some programs on the basis of urban recommendations stated.

ON THE TERRITORY OF THE PARISIAN METROPOLIS.
TCAU has built a solid reputation through several urban definition studies and workshops: the “Terrains Renault” in Boulogne-Billancourt (50 ha) in 2001, “Paris-Nord Est” (200ha) in 2003 and the site “Les Tartres” on the Plaine Commune (35ha) in 2004.

In 2010, TCAU’s pre-operational urban studies on one of the sub-sectors of Paris-Nord-Est, a mixed-used neighborhood with a high density of housing on the industrial site of “Chapelle International” (6 ha), or the mixed urban project, 45.000m2 on 2ha for the Macro-LotIlot Yin ZAC Seguin-Rives de Seine, the former Terrains Renault helped strengthen their vision on these territories.

Moreover, in the Parisian metropolis, TCAU has been selected on many competitions for challenging housing operations, such as the rehabilitation of social housing, the “Metamorphosis of the Tour Bois-le-Pretre” in 2006, or more recently, 25.000m2 combining social housing and two public facilities on the “Macro lot 04-A” in the ZAC Clichy-Batignolles (2).

ON OTHER TERRITORIES.
In Esh-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg the office realised pre-operational studies for the reconversion of a 200ha urban industrial mining site, “Profil-Arbed” in a new mixed-used economic territory.

In Montpellier, YCAU has been selected in limited competition planning for the 30ha ZAC Republique in articulation with the Coastal Land of Montpellier.

From 2011 to 2012, TCAU was pre-selected to deliver their first intentions project and urban strategy on ” flagship ” sites, such as the “University Campus of Jussieu” in Paris (10ha), “Berges du Maine” in Angers ( 300ha), the “Presqu’ile de Caen” (250ha) in Caen, the “Quartier du Moulon” (300ha) in the “Parc-Campus of Saclay ”.

IN OTHER CITIES.
In “Lyon Confluence”, an exemplary eco-neighbourhood designed by François Grether and part of the European Environmental CONCERTO Programme, TCAU delivered the “Ilot 1 P1Sud’ at the end of 2010. The 10.000m2 project, consisting of 4 residential buildings that form a dense urban block set within with the impressive landscape of the river, won the “ Prix des Pyramides d´or 2010”.

In “Euralille 2 “Bois-Habité”, a neighbourhood designed by Dusapin-Leclercq, TCAU realised two lots: “Lot 1C”, a hotel residence and “Lot 1B”, a social housing block that was recently presented in a number of national architectural reviews dedicated to high quality social housing in France.

The “thick block” housing research initiated on the “Lot1B-Bois-Habité” is currently being pursued at a larger scale in Chartres, on a project that explores the transformation of individual housing into more compact forms while at the same time maintaining its quality and increasing its conviviality. This theme is used to address the question of densification for the “Macro-lot E”, a 2.6 ha large-scale housing project spread over five “islands”, within Dominique Wurtz’s masterplan: the “Plateau de Rechèvres”.

(2) Associated to Architecture & Urbanism S333 .