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CoCo architecture was founded by French-Austrian architects, Claudia Staubmann and Cedric Ramiere. Their experience is mostly based on research into contemporary urban issues and the development of regional tourism during various prolonged stays abroad.
Claudia Staubmann’s research, carried out in Austria and Andalusia, Spain focused primarily on adaptable modular systems with constraints specific to social housing. These systems she applies to her work as a tool to develop spaces of quality using limited means.
Cedric Ramiere’s research, completed in the Netherlands and Bangkok, Thailand, focuses on a larger scale. In Bangkok, he explored ways to reutilise skyscrapers that had been abandoned during their construction. These structures remain littered throughout the city. Several years later, he participated in a study on the possible urban changes Bangkok faces with rising water levels in the delta of the Chao Phraya River. His work was sponsored by the EDF (Electricity of France) foundation and exhibited at the Bangkok Metropolitan Museum of Contemporary Art and in Paris at the EDF Electra space.
Claudia and Cedric met nearly ten years ago, while working on a series of projects looking to develop areas of tourism within France. Their first joint project was the development of the International Centre of Prehistory in the Vezere Valley in Dordogne. Together they created YEAN (Young European Architects Network) in 2003, with partners from Rotterdam, the Netherlands and Vienna, Austria. YEAN is known particularly for the project and subsequent book entitled ‘TirolCITY’, published by Folio in 2005, and exhibited in a number of European countries. The project won important prizes in both the Netherlands and Austria
In 2005, Claudia and Cedric formed CoCo architecture, whose team today consists of 8 architects and 2 secretarial assistants. The office continues to work together to design projects increasingly ambitious both in scale and complexity.
CoCo architecture aims to be a catalyst for social change, putting environmental and lifestyle values at the heart of human endeavour. To achieve this, the CoCo architecture team focuses on thoughtful architecture which respects nature and energy consumption, and reflects local thinking and traditional attitudes as well as modern approaches.
Their projects are characterised by a resolutely contemporary style and are drawn from a strong design idea. This concept is translated into the projects’ organisation, planning, and the overall aesthetic. CoCo architecture prioritises projects of mixed use programmes. The carefully select views and connections to the outside environment adapt the structure to social conditions as well as climate and season changes, envelope it in an animated and interactive skin, and offer an overall architecture of more comfort and flexibility to different individuals. Their projects are designed with locally produced materials in mind. For example, local species of wood and ceramic tiling are used on the multimedia library at Panazo, and zinc at Rodez. The plans reflect a simple and rigorous organisation of space according to the functions and direction of the project.
CoCo architecture concentrates essentially on work within the public sphere, yet the office often conducts more community based or private projects. The office today has experience in a variety of areas: teaching, housing, logistics and commerce, cultural and medical institutes, and operates in France as well as other regions around the world, most notably in many tropical areas. There are several winning projects currently under construction or in the developed design stages: the inter-communal library in Gourdon (46), the Logipole in Koutio in New Caledonia, the multipurpose / generation space in Olemps (12), the intensive care and psychiatric centre in Libourne (33) and the hospital at La Rochefoucauld (16).