Tangram is an architecture, urban planning and landscape agency, founded in 2009, bringing together 80 people of 15 different nationalities. Since November 2018, the agency has moved into the former headquarters of the Maritime Affairs Department located in the République district, in the Euroméditerranée sector, in the heart of Marseille.
The name of the agency is inspired by the game of Tangram, which is made up of elementary geometric shapes whose patient assembly and complementarity make sense by creating an infinite number of combinations.
The team is made up of seven divisions working closely together: Urban Planning, Landscape & Public Space, Housing, Hotel & Public Facilities, Tertiary & Industrial, Interior Architecture and Construction.
Three transversal specialities in Research & Innovation, BIM management and Timber architecture complete the team to ensure a constant progression of achievements.
The diversity of employees and professions, the culture and sensitivity of each, and the cross-views on common subjects allow the concepts to be strengthened in the service of the project.
The agency's projects are based on a detailed analysis of the geographical, historical, social, urban, cultural and economic complexities in order to achieve accurate projects that are anchored in their site. Because these studies are useful to the people who form and animate a territory, the agency places the cursor in the service of the quality of life and the general interest.
This commitment is expressed, in the agency's practice, through generosity, in order to design a meaningful living environment that respects people and territories.
Olivier Bocquet, director of Tangram Lab, received on Thursday 18 January 2018, the Jury's Favourite Award in the Innovation and Architecture for the Sea category of the Rougerie Foundation's international competition for its BiolumReef project.
The BiolumReef project, an eco-green inhabited reef, was designed in response to the weakening of the marine ecology of the Frioul Islands, an archipelago located in the Calanques National Park and the geographical epicentre of Marseilles, the world capital of the underwater world, which is currently threatened by a number of negative phenomena: various types of waste, uprooting of posidonia meadows, erosion of the coastline, multiple forms of pollution, etc.
To combat this fragility, BiolumReef offers a biomimetic response with a threefold objective: to preserve and spread marine biodiversity, to provide a place for exchange and to set up an eco-green cycle.
The portrait page in the Biomim'BOOK 2021 :
Olivier Bocquet, Architect
about the Biomim'City Lab :
The Biomim'City Lab is a working and prospective group led by a college of experts aiming to promote and intensify innovative collaborative approaches applying the principles and methodologies of biomimicry, in the service of the reinvention of virtuous, regenerative and resilient cities, inspired and designed by and for living things.