TAAs —totem arquitectos asociados— has been in practice since 2005, developing a level of architectural quality that has been recognised with awards and publications in acknowledged magazines.
We carry out a diverse range of work which spans office, residential, educational and cultural buildings. We welcome this diversity which contributes to making each project distinctive, and for different projects to learn from each other.
Our commissions include new buildings and renovations for public and private clients. We have a strong record of working with listed buildings including UNESCO World Heritage Sites and other historic locations. We have also proven our ability to design new buildings on sites without conservation value.
We have the capacity to operate in a wide variety of national and international scenarios, independently of scales and time-frames. We have professional alliances with the principal Spanish engineering consultancies to tackle complex and demanding commissions. We are competent, professional and reliable firm which builds cohesive teams to work with passion and determination in the achievement of pursued goals. Our teams’ collaborative ethos and professional commitment guarantees the succesful integration of architecture with its technical and environmental counterparts.
Our founding partner, Javier García-Germán, teaches architecture at ETSAM Madrid, and he is module director both in the Master’s Degree in Collective Housing (MCH, ETH Zürich-UPM) and in the Master in Advanced Ecological Buildings (MAEB, IAAC, Barcelona). Practice and teaching benefit each other, bringing together the fresh spirit of students with the experience of a successful office. As a creative and reflective practice, our work is significantly enriched by the questioning attitude and collaborative endeavour that are at the heart of education. Our ideas are developed and improved when tested through discussion and sharpened by exposure to critique.
We have a strong interest in sustainability. This interest enriches our architectural work, giving perspectives and insights into the spatial, material and programmatic qualities of buildings. In addition we understand that sustainability offers the opportunity to improve the life of buildings’ inhabitants, delivering healthy, comfortable and intense places to live in.
TAAs has maximum commitment to the design of buildings which are respectful with the environment. Our technical expertise focuses on the design of low energy NZEB buildings based on renewable resources. We balance this quantitative low-energy technical approach with a qualitative outlook which seeks the design of livable and vibrant atmospheres.
JAVIER GARCÍA-GERMÁN, FOUNDER & DIRECTOR
Javier García-Germán (1974) studied architecture at the ETSAM (Final Design Thesis Honors, Premio Extraordinario Fin de Carrera 2002), the Oxford School of Architecture and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (Master in Design Studies 2004), where he was Fulbright Scholar. He received his Ph.D. in architecture —Thermodynamic Environments. A Critical Cartography on Energy, Architecture and Atmosphere— in ETSAM (2014).
In 2004 he founded TAAs —totem arquitectos asociados— an award-winning practice based in Madrid which explores the connections between climate, architecture and users. TAAs has recently finished an office building in Paseo de la Castellana 94 and is currently erecting a 159-unit collective housing scheme for Ayuntamiento de Madrid. TAAs’ entries for EUROPAN international competition received awards in EUROPAN 6, 8 and 10 editions. TAAs’ work was exhibited in the XVI Biennale di Venezia (2018).
Javier García-Germán is Professor of Architectural Design at the Madrid School of Architecture (ETSAM) since 2007. He is module director both in the Master’s Degree in Collective Housing (MCH, ETH Zürich-UPM) and in the Master in Advanced Ecological Buildings (MAEB, IAAC, Barcelona). In addition he is Guest Professor both in the Master of Arts in Interior Architecture (MAIA, HEAD GENÈVE, Geneva) and in the Master in Integrated Architectural Design (MIAD, LA SALLE, Barcelona).
In addition Javier García-Germán has authored several articles in international periodicals (Quaderns, Bauwelt, 2G, etc.) and edited and authored several books on energy and architecture, among others Thermodynamic Interactions. An Architectural Exploration into Physiological, Material and Territorial Atmospheres (2017, ACTAR), which has received both the Pensamiento y Crítica FAD Award 2018 and the XIII BEAU Spanish Architecture and Urbanism Biennial awards; and De lo Mecánico a lo Termodinámico (2010, Gustavo Gili); and Contextos 2008. Hacia un Nuevo Entorno Energético (2008, UCJC).
During the last years Javier García-Germán has lectured in the following institutions: Harvard Design School of Architecture (Cambridge, MA)v, Rice University School of Architecture (Houston, Tx), City College New York, Texas Tech University College of Architeture (Lubbock, Tx), Syracuse University School of Architecture, Tongji University (Shanghai, China), Tecnológico de Monterrey (Monterrey, México), Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (Lima, Perú), Universidad de Málaga (UMA, Málaga), Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV, Valencia), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM, Madrid), Instituto de Arquitectura Avanzada de Cataluña (IAAC, Barcelona), Universidad Ramón Llul (Barcelona), Universidad Torcuato di Tella (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura (Universidad de Sevilla) and Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Cataluña, COAC.
ALIA GARCÍA-GERMÁN, PARTNER
Alia García-Germán (1979) studied architecture in Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid (2008) and in Facoltà d’Architettura, Politecnico di Torino (2001). Alia has collaborated with TAAs since 2008, becoming a partner in 2010, being actively involved in the principal projects and works TAAs has developed.
Alia García-Germán is LEED AP Building Design and Construction (LEED AP BD+C), US Green Building Council (2014), certificate which has been issued by the Green Building Council and which qualifies her to certify buildings with the LEED certification system.
TAAs has the capacity to operate in a wide variety of national and international scenarios, independently of scales and time-frames, establishing professional alliances with tier 1 partners to tackle complex and demanding commissions.
TAAs has professional alliances with the principal Spanish engineering firms. The teams’ intergration and professional commitment guarantees the succesful integration of the buildings’ technical and environmental counterparts.
ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN DESIGN FIRMS
Abalos + Sentkiewicz: Madrid, Boston, Shanghai
Aires Mateus: Lisboa
Beta.0 architecture + urbanism: Madrid
Burgos & Garrido arquitectos: Madrid
León-Marcial arquitectos, Lima, Perú.
TVK, Trévelo & Viger-Kohler, París, Francia.
CLIMATE and MECHANICAL ENGINEERS
Úrculo Ingenieros Consultores S.L.
JG Ingenieros S.L.
ATEI Auditores y Técnicos Especialistas en Ingeniería S.L.
Valladares Ingeniería S.L.
BAC – BOMA IMPASA
Garval Ingeniería S.L.
ENERGY CERTIFICATIONS (LEED, WELL, BREEAM, VERDE, ETC.)
Everis Spain S.L.
Servando Álvarez, Universidad de Sevilla
BUILDING PERMIT CONSULTANTS
Dpto. de Ecología, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Dpto. de Óptica, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Ministerio de Fomento
Ministerio de Transportes, Movilidad y Agenda Urbana
Ayuntamiento de Madrid
Ayuntamiento de Cáceres
Ayuntamiento de Majadahonda
Empresa Municipal de la Vivienda y Suelo, Ayuntamiento de Madrid
Conserjería de Educación de la Comunidad de Madrid
Conserjería de Fomento, Vivienda, Ordenación del Territorio y Turismo, Junta de Extremadura
Dirección General de Arquitectura, Vivienda y Suelo, Ministerio de Fomento
Garrigues abogados s.l.p.
Muelle 6 s.l.
Sociedad Textil Lonia s.l.
Tecnología Urbanística del Mediterráneo s.l.
Loix Creaciones s.l.
Finca El Espino s.l.
La Agrícola de Servicios Las Vicarías s.l.
Explotaciones La Vellota s.l.
Cruz Roja Española
Agrupación Urbanística Suertes de Santamaría
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Fundación Universitaria San Pablo CEU
Instituto de Arquitectura Avanzada de Cataluña
Junquera Arquitectos s.l.p.
Burgos & Garrido arquitectos s.l.p.
AWARDS IN BUILT PROJECTS
XIV PREMIO ORTEGA-ALLOZA, renovation of XVIII century historical buillding in Santander. 2010
X BEAU Bienal Española de Arquitectura y Urbanismo. Selected work. Kindergarden in Majadahonda. 2009.
XI BEAU Bienal Española de Arquitectura y Urbanismo. Selected work. Renovation of XVIII century historical buillding in Santander. 2011.
Runner-up COAM Awards (Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid) house in El Escorial, Madrid. 2013.
AWARDS IN DESIGN COMPETITIONS
FIRST PRIZE 159-unit collective housing scheme, Carabanchel, EMVS. 2017. Works completed.
FIRST PRIZE office building Asamblea Cruz Roja en Alcorcón (Madrid). 2017. In partnership with Burgos & Garrido. Works completed.
FIRST PRIZE office building in Paseo de la Castellana 94, Madrid, 2013. Works completed.
FIRST PRIZE Europan 10 international competition, Cáceres. 2010.
FIRST PRIZE 268-unit social collective housing scheme, Carabanchel, EMVS. 2007.
FIRST PRIZE competition for kindergarden. Majadahonda. 2005. Works completed.
SECOND PRIZE youth centre. Santoña (Cantabria). 2006.
HONOURABLE MENTION Europan 6 international competition. Marina de Cudeyo. 2002.
ACCESIT J5 competition. Cuevas de Almanzora (Almería). 2006.
ACCESIT cultural center Parque Cultural los Castillos, Alcorcón (Madrid). 2005.
ACCESIT social housing competition. Cantabria. 2005.
SHORT-LISTED EUROPAN 8 international competition. Cartes (Cantabria). 2006.
SHORT-LISTED EUROPAN 5 international competition. Baracaldo (Vizcaya). 1998.
Ismael Aboli, Francisco Aguanell, Valverde de Alda, Gaizka Altuna, Germán Andrés, Claudia Baquedano, Sandra Borge, Sumac Cáceres, Irene Cámara, Clara Cejuela, Juan García-Segovia, Andrea Gimeno, Raquel Gutiérrez, Pedro Pablo Gómez, Paula Jiménez, Amir Malakouti, Beltrán de la Mata, Manuel Montoro, Mario Nistal, Javier Ortega, Alberto Pajares, Guillermo Perales, José Rejas, Felipe Reyno, Juan Riveiro, Carmen Rubio, Marielle Samayoa, Jesús Sanabria, Juan Jose Sánchez, Alba Sospedra, Encarnación Serna, Luciana Teper, Lucía de Val, Miguel Valle, Emilio Velado, Jaime Yndurain
Miriam Alonso, Iñigo Baquedano, Miriam Barrios, Jaime Bartolomé, Marta Basaglia, Francisco Bassi, Andoni Bernal, Luis Bernardo, Antonio Blanco, Irene Botas, Luis Javier Berraco, Diana Calvache, Santiago Cañete, Alba Castillón, Fabrizia Cortellini, Justo Díaz, Irene Dominguez, Luis Ecea, Nacho Espigares, Anabel Fernández, Mariano Fernández Buso, Elena Fuertes, Hugo García, María García, Ricardo González, Ignacio González Carriles, Julio Gotor, Sebastian Grögaard, Ana Guerreiro, Arturo Guillén, Héctor Jiménez, Begoña Leal, Paula Rocío López, César Manso, Alberto Martínez, Javier Martínez, Agustín Martínez Población, Lucía Martínez-Rasilla, Diana Mera, Jesús Meseguer, Luis Mesejo, María Milans del Bosch, Carlos Moreno, Alberto Pérez, Ignacio Pons-Sorolla, Alberto Porras, María Purriños, Regina Valle, Alberto Vallejo, Marta Villa, Mar Videira, Nacho Redruello, Beatriz Riber, David Rodríguez Cobos, Sara Ruiz-Valdepeñas, Alberto Sánchez, Alberto Used, Therezia Sloet tot Everlo, Jaime Yndurain, Wu Yue, Manuel Zea, Zhou Zewo