Vantieghem Talebi

809 6th Ave, Venice, CA, USA │ Unterer Rheinweg 140, Basel, CH

bio

VANTIEGHEM TALEBI is an international architecture and design 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. The partners run their eponymous design practice from Los Angeles, USA and Basel, Switzerland.

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Raha Talebi (°1982)

Raha obtained her Bachelor of Architecture Professional Degree from The Cooper Union for Art and Architecture. She continued her studies at The Harvard Graduate School of Design, graduating MArch II, Master in Architecture. She previously worked with international practices including FOA in London and Herzog de Meuron in Switzerland.

As a Senior Architect with Herzog & de Meuron (Basel, Switzerland), Raha was the Project Manager for international projects with a focus on cultural programs. These projects included the M+ Museum and Offices (Hong Kong) which is currently under construction, as well as The Powerhouse Arts in Brooklyn, New York.

Raha is registered with SIA, the Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects.

Paul Vantieghem (°1975)

Paul graduated from Sint-Lucas School of Architecture in Ghent (Belgium) and later studied architectural theory at the Katholic University Leuven (Belgium). Subsequent to his studies, Paul began working with Stéphane Beel Architects, realizing several projects during his time there, including the Courthouse in Ghent.

He then went on to join the architects’ practice of Herzog & de Meuron (Basel, Switzerland). He worked, amongst other projects, on the Tate Modern Extension in London before joining the Bordeaux Stadium competition team in 2010. As an Associate, 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. He is registered with the Order of Architects in Belgium.

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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 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. In the living area, four CLT floor panels are exposed in the ceiling; this pure structural expression alternates between the gypsum board panels of the suspended ceiling. The CLT panels are exposed in the pitched upstairs bedroom ceilings as well as in the ceiling of the central top floor hall, thus showing the full extent of the triangular structural bays.

The project envelope is built as a timber rain-screen made of chemically seasoned Douglas-fir battens. Considered a facade element due to the steep pitch, the roof is also built from the same timber rain-screen and construction technique. In order to streamline construction and avoid visible screws or nails in the timber battens, the battens were prefabricated as assemblies prior to being brought on site. The project details consider the larger impression of the project as an abstract volumetry, for example, all gutters and drainage elements are concealed behind the rainscreen with minimal impact on the exterior surface.

Interior elements such as the central staircase highlight the opportunity that the column free prefabricated CLT structure allows, visually floating in the space; suspended off a wood floor grid that spans between the CLT bays. Integrated into the house is a Type D central ventilation system with heat recovery as well as rain water collection and re-use.

Exterior pedestrian and car access is through discrete concrete retaining walls that carve out of the restored dune landscape.

The geometry of the house is reminiscent of historical beach house architecture in the area, characterized by steep roof angles. This, and the restrictions of the existing foundation, steered both the structural and architectural logic of the project.

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Title
House for Didier
Year

2019 - ongoing

Country

Belgium

City

Kortrijk

Client

Private Client

Status

Under Development

Currently under design for a Structural Engineer with a hobby for working on cars. The generous height of the car workshop is born from the scissor car lift requirement, creating a “jump cut“ connection between the two functions of the home; 1. private dwelling & 2. polyvalent car workshop. The house is a spatial collage of disparate functions. The three studies are projections of three different structural directions forward; consider them mise-en-scene projections of construction still images. A cinematic take on design process images. 1 of 3; Concrete frame + redundant steel column structure which allows for slender member sizes. 2 of 3; Concrete frame + cross laminated timber panel structure for ease of construction and internal finish. 3 of 3; Concrete slab + steel chevron truss to allow maximum internal flexibility.

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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 suburban 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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Tilt-Up Construction

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Title
Canopy House
Year

2018

Country

USA

Client

Private Client

Status

Design study

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Forest bed in Flanders, Belgium

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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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A Kitchen

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Title
Kwadestraat
Year

2017 - ongoing

Country

Belgium

Client

Private Client

Status

Under construction

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Casting bricks