Vantieghem Talebi

Basel, Switzerland / Los Angeles, USA

bio

VANTIEGHEM TALEBI is an international practice established in 2016 as a collaboration between founding partners Paul Vantieghem and Raha Talebi; dedicated to the betterment of design environments of all sizes and things of beauty.

Raha Talebi (°1982)

Raha studied architecture at The Cooper Union for Art and Architecture from 2000-2005. From 2005 to 2007 she attended the Harvard Graduate School of Design, graduating MArch II. In 2007, subsequent to her studies, Raha began her collaboration with Foreign Office Architects (London, UK), where she focused on the design of MOCA: Museum for Contemporary Art in Cleveland, Ohio.

In 2009 Raha joined the architecture office of Herzog & de Meuron (Basel, CH) and became a Senior Architect in 2014. During her time at the office Raha was the Project Manager for international projects with a focus on cultural and commercial programs. These projects included the M+ Museum and Offices (Hong Kong) which is currently under construction, as well as a privately funded Arts Facility (New York City).

Before joining the M+ Museum project Raha collaborated on a number of seminal projects, including a competition winning entry for the Flinders Street Station (Melbourne) as well as The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Moscow), currently under construction.

Paul Vantieghem (°1975)

Paul attended the Sint-Lucas School of Architecture in Ghent, graduating in 1998. Between 1998 and 2002 he studied architectural theory at the Katholic University Leuven. In 1999 he began working with Stéphane Beel Architects and Beel & Achtergael Architects (Ghent, BE), realizing several projects during his six years there, including the Courthouse in Gent (Belgium).

Paul joined the architects practice of Herzog & de Meuron (Basel, CH) in 2007, becoming an Associate in 2013. He worked, amongst other projects, on the Tate Modern Extension in London (UK), the winning competition for the Unterlinden Museum in Colmar (France) and the Roche Bau 1 tower before joining the Bordeaux Stadium competition team in 2010. Since 2012, Paul was the Project Manager for the Bordeaux Stadium, leading both design development and technical construction aspects. The project was realized in May 2015.

In addition to those collaborations, Paul has also planned and built his independent projects since 2002.

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Title
The Stack
Year

2017 - active

Country

USA

City

Dallas

Client

Private Client

Status

Under development

This is not another anonymous glass tower but rather a reprogramminig of surbarban living in the city.
An existing tilt up concrete warehouse is reused as an amenities base where residents can discreetly enter through, setting the stage for the stacked lofts and urban villas above where every unit holds panoramic views to Downtown Dallas and the Trinity River Valley floodplain. The glazed lofts that house the straight forward chevron truss mimic the scale of exising industrial lofts in the district, often used as studios or gallery spaces. With 360 degree gardens, the urban villas are an unique urban typology - providing the comforts of what is tradtionally defined as a “home” within a tower. Together the two stacked spatial types create just enough variation where a resdient on the street can point to their own “home” up high.

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Title
House of Cards
Year

2019 realized

Country

Belgium

City

Koksijde

Client

Private Client

Status

Built

Here skin, structure and space are formed simultaneously.
Built from structural and zoning constraints, a new construction is placed on top of the existing foundations and is limited to maximum allowable height. As such, the design grew out of the foundation’s asymmetrical cruciform geometry where each structural bay of the cruciform created a “house of cards”. The independent bays were prefabricated from CLT (cross laminated timber) panels and bridged together on site via the final roof formation. The complex CLT geometry and subsequent fabrication is unique and was assembled on site within a week. The project’s fusing of structure and volume minimizes additional interior finishes. The project envelope is built as a timber batten rain-screen. Considered a facade element due to the steep pitch, the roof is also built from the same rain-screen material and construction technique. This results in a deceptively straight forward volume; a natural extension of the project’s structural logic. Interior elements such as the central staircase highlight the opportunity that the column free CLT structure allows, visually floating in the space.

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Tilt-Up Construction

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Title
Canopy House
Year

2018

Country

USA

Client

Private Client

Status

Design study

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Title
House for David
Year

2017

Country

USA

Status

Design Study

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Forest bed in Flanders, Belgium

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A Kitchen

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Title
Leuzestraat
Year

2019 - ongoing

Country

Belgium

City

Kortrijk

Client

Private Client

Status

Under Development

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A pile of aggregate in the city

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Title
Interbeton
Year

2016

Country

Belgium

City

Brussels

Client

Heidelberg Cement Group

Status

Invited Competition

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Title
Unterer Rheinweg
Year

2019

Country

Switzerland

City

Basel

Client

Private

Status

Completed

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Casting bricks

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Title
Lindenwood
Year

2018 - ongoing

Country

USA

Client

Private

Status

Under development

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Title
Kwadestraat
Year

2017 - ongoing

Country

Belgium

Client

Private Client

Status

Under construction