How do we keep today’s high density cities healthy and livable? How can we develop buildings and environments where people feel at home; where they can live a healthy, safe and pleasant life? What ensures that a building and the environment remain valued and are therefore future-proof?

These are the basic questions that we at TANGRAM ask ourselves and that we like to solve. Together with the client. But also with the local neighborbood, residents and other users. So we can achieve the best possible result within the given limitations. For the owner, the users and future generations.

In this time of high demand for housing, betting on quantity is not enough. We look at the long term, at all parameters that make a place a success. That’s why we focus on quality, flexibility and shared wishes wishes right from the very start of a development. These are the key notions in our pursuit of wider sustainability in our dense cities.

The urban environment must nowadays be climate-proof, energy-efficient and preferably also circular. Inevitable and useful demands in these times of major changes. But it is rare for a building and its environment to be required to also be healthy and ‘beautiful’. Attractive in the broadest sense of the word, designed to last for generations. That goes beyond mere visual aesthetics. An attractive building provides appreciation, it makes people happy. A place becomes a home. A valued building has a longer life expectancy, it creates stewardship and a sense of collective identity.






Cities are already so densely built that sites before labelled as unsuitable for building, come into the picture. Paradoxically, these sites are highly interesting for residential use being often situated close to roads, tram, metro and train. These sites are also complex locations, if only because of noise and air pollution. Intelligent design solutions are required to convert these low quality spaces to high quality and loved residential hubs. These solutions should prepare the urban environment for the demanding users and future changes.

We at TANGRAM are in favor of an integrated approach. A long-term investment by all parties involved – including the neighborhood – in matters that are relevant to everyone: togetherness, health, safety, liveliness, beauty, history and landscape. In a compact city, everything revolves around the interplay of buildings and the “in-between space”, where public life takes place and people meet. We believe that this is a crucial part of urban and architectural design, such as the “MÀ” in Japanese culture: the meaningful “emptiness” in music or theater – translated into urban design.