Tetra Architecten BVBA
TETRA architecten bvba is a team of architects with Ana Castillo, Lieven De Groote, Jan Terwecoren and Annekatrien Verdickt as partners. Since 2000 project-based collaborations between the members took place. In 2008 ‘TETRA architecten’ was founded and in 2012 the office name became ‘TETRA architecten bvba’.
TETRA wants to develop smart, innovative, sustainable architecture within the usual constraints of context-program-budget. To be innovative ‘research by design’ is a crucial facet. The portfolio of TETRA is built up of a range of projects.
Annekatrien Verdickt (Brussels, 1977) graduated in 2000 at the Sint-Lucas architecture school of Brussels with distinction as an architect. After graduation she immediately started her own practice in Antwerp and collaborated with other offices for large scale projects. Besides her practice she achieved the title of ‘coordinator security level A’ and did some courses in durability. Her first architectural achievement, a concrete house out of self-compacting concrete, was widely published and gathered some recognition and reputation.
Jan Terwecoren (Roeselare, 1977) graduated in 2000 at the University of Ghent with distinction as a civil engineer - architect. During the year 1999 and 2000 he studied at L'Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Paris La Villette. After graduation he worked as a structural engineer at Studieburo Mouton. Besides this work he started his own practice as an architect and did some small scale housing projects.
After winning a competition for the visitor center of the Port of Ghent with the actual members of TETRA, the cooperation between the members was founded on a permanent basis.
In many cities, port territories in which economic activity is diminishing are being converted into new city districts. Around the Vergote Dock in Brussels, the metamorphosis of the districts surrounding the waterway is not associated with a reduction in port activities. The transformation of canal territories in Brussels is a complex phenomenon. The port area has not been abandoned, nor has it been moved to a virgin location outside the city where activities can be carried on without fear of causing a nuisance. Port activity in Brussels is being reconfigured on existing port land; the only promise is the opportunity for inland navigation within the city, allowing it to penetrate closer to the city centre. Viewed from this angle, the development of a construction village on the left bank of the Vergote Dock is a strong move towards sustainable logistics and urban distribution. Encouraging economic activity related with the waterways will also encourage inland navigation within the city and will reduce the heavy vehicle traffic associated with bringing construction materials into the Belgian capital. The project's architecture and urban integration make this logistics development a fascinating site in the city. For all these reasons, the construction village project has just been awarded an international prize for sustainable development, by the Holcim Fondation at a ceremony in Moscow.