Elithis Tower Le Havre

Our evolving global context imposes many changes in terms of the transformation of life in the city and the consumption of our fragile resources.
Culminating at 48 meters high in this changing port district, the Elithis Le Havre tower, that will composed by 74 housing units, is a new positive energy lighthouse that re-interprets our relationship with housing in the form of an evolving and productive vertical building. The multiple places of life and interactions on the ground as well as in the sky are in contact with the elements and the senses, the vegetal patio around which the project is organized offers a break, a new balance allowing nature and its inhabitants to coexist in the city.


Thomas Coldefy and Marc Franco will be representing the studio at MIPIM World 2022 in Cannes from March 15-18.

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Breaking ground

The New Cité Administrative of Lille has broken ground this week! It is intended to revitalize the southern sector of the city with an innovative and virtuous architecture. The project was designed by Valode & Pistre and Coldefy, and is being carried out by Bouygues Bâtiment Nord-Est.


November 2021

Coldefy is exhibiting during the Chicago Biennial of Architecture. Opening night with a panel about sensitive architecture, or architecture sensible, and the relationship between building and memory, as seen in the National Pulse Memorial & Museum in Orlando. Exhibition about the creative process behind Coldefy’s work, until December 5th, at the Alliance Française.

Live streaming

October 2021

Thomas Coldefy and Alessandro Possati, moderators of the talk Tropicalia and Building for a Sustainable Future, an event held in Venice, during the exhibition Tropicalia – Architecture, Materials, Innovative Systems, Collateral Event of the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale. Architects, engineers and project developers were invited to discuss pertinent issues of designing and building for today and tomorrow from their respective perspectives. Speakers: Cedric Guerin, Tropicalia; Philip Wilson, Eckersley O’Callaghan; Morgane Scoarnec, Novaxia; Thierry Bievre & Alan Kirsch, Elithis; Oliver Schütte, A-01 (A Company / A Foundation).


October 2021

Listen to Thomas Coldefy in the All Good Vibes podcast by!

Thomas shares with us his rich experience abroad, and his begin with the construction of the Hong Kong Design Institute, followed by a series of important assignments from Bao’an Artistic and Cultural Center in Shenzhen, the innovative offices Wonder Building, Fondation de Chine in Paris, the future giant greenhouse Tropicalia, currently exhibited at the International Architecture Venice Biennale, requalification and renovation of the industrial buildings Rigot-Stalars and Peugeot Garage to the recent selected proposal for The National Pulse Memorial & Museum in Orlando, Florida.

New Partners

September 2021

Coldefy is proud to announce the expansion of our leadership team with three new partners. With the appointment of Simon Ducreu, Marc Franco, and Zoltán Neville as Partner Architects, we broaden our leadership, reinforcing our expertise and ability to design and manage high-quality, complex projects in France and internationally. Founding partners Thomas Coldefy and Isabel Van Haute are pleased to formally acknowledge this group’s leadership and talent, as well as the significance of their contributions to the steady growth and the future of the firm.

Residence G won the International Architecture Award

September 2021 – Award winner

We are proud to announce Coldefy – Residence G, North of France has received a Prize from the Chicago Athenaeum’s European Centre in the International Architecture Awards in the PRIVATE HOUSES category.

An exhibition of the award winners is on display: from 10 September to 6 October 2021
The European Centre Athens, Mitropoleos 74, Athens

Jury member

September 2021

Zoltán Neville has the privilege to be a part of the jury of the Budapest Architecture Excellence Award, organized by the Municipality of Budapest and the Budapest Chamber of Architects.
This prestigious award recognizes architectural solutions that increase the liveability of Hungary’s only metropolis in the face of the increasing challenges of urban life, highlighting outstanding quality and setting an example via their recognition.

Summer party

July 2021

This past month we were thankful to finally be able to regroup much of our French teams in person for the first time in over a year! Our summer party was held in our recently delivered GARAGE on Boulevard Carnot in Lille, where we presented new projects, shared exciting news, and enjoyed each other’s company in person before the summer holidays.

Webinar on the Fondation de Chine

July 2021 – Lecture

On 27 July 12-12.45 (Paris time), Thomas Coldefy and Isabel Van Haute are giving a webinar on the Fondation de Chine at the Cité Internationale universitaire de Paris de Paris. Actually under construction, the future student residency, designed by Coldefy and FCJZ, will be delivered in 2023. Subscription here.

Paul-Duez secondary school in Cambrai

June 2021 – Winning competition

The junior high school Paul-Duez in Cambrai, France, supported by Ramery and designed by Coldefy (together with Ramery), winner of the competition launched by the Department du Nord!
It will be the first “wood junior high school” and the first to be certified HQE Environmental Building in the North of France. Its morphology is inspired by the old railway hall nearby, which will be rehabilitated and transformed into a sports hall. A strong emphasis will be placed on the landscaped area, which will play a major role in the school’s identity, and it will greatly contribute to the users’s well-being.

Biennale Architettura 2021

May 2021 – Exhibition
We are pleased to invite you to visite “Tropicalia – Architecture, Materials, Innovative Systems”, Collateral Event of the Biennale Archittettura 2021, curated by Thomas Coldefy and Alessandro Possati. At Squero Castello, Salizada Streta 368, Venice. From May 22 to November 21, 2021. More details here.

Jury member

May and June 2021
Isabel Van Haute has the privilege to be part of the jury of the GRAND PRIX AFEX 2021.
This award, organized by AFEX (the French Architects Overseas) rewards every second year a remarkable work delivered abroad by a French architects. The palmares of projects and the winning one will be unveiled at the Venice architecture Biennale on May 20.

Les Promenades d’Olène

March 2021 – Winning competition

Coldefy winner of the residential quartier Les Promenades d’Olène in Reims, France
Designed during the sanitary crisis and its confinement in March 2020, the Promenades d’Olène urban plots integrates the societal expectations of health and well-being in the city born during this particular period, such as larger housing, convivial extra spaces and a landscaped approach. All the accommodation benefits from large loggias, vegetated terraces or private rooftop gardens covered with soil and plants. The urban plots offer a new metropolitan centrality for a “composite”, welcoming, lively and sustainable city. They are designed for different scales of life and different ways of living in order to offer the best living environment. Program: 107 residences, shops, library, association premises.


March 2021
Thomas Coldefy is very happy to be invited to teach students in Master’s degree at École Spéciale d’Architecture Paris ( during this spring semester. He will support them in the development of their projects in a professional and operational manner.

International Women’s Day

8th march 2021

Coldefy is proud to be composed of over 50% women, holding both staff and leadership positions within all our departments, including one of the two founding partners. They are all creative, smart, talented and a fundamental part of our team. Let’s continue to fight for equality.

The HKDI, icon of French architecture

February 2021 – Publication

In @thegoodlife_mag #47 focused on France’s highlights all over the world, the Hong Kong Design Institute has been ranked among the 10 icons of French architecture beyond our borders!

The Inzovu Mall, first of its kind in Rwanda

February 2021 – Ongoing project

Coldefy is currently designing the Inzovu Mall in Kigali, Rwanda. Gently perched on a sloping site in the Kimihurura District, the location boasts views over the lush hills and valleys of the city of Kigali, as well as the emblematic dome of the Kigali Conference Center (KCC). Containing an open-air retail center, hotel, offices, conference center, and leisure programs, it will be the first of its kind in Rwanda, creating a synergy with the activity of KCC that attracts international and local visitors. It is expected to break ground in coming months.

Winning competition

February 2021 – lot 10.9 in Euralille

Located between two major architectural buildings, Lille Grand Palais and the Cité Administrative, interfacing with the railways, the 2,000 m² of the 10.9 plot is at the heart of important issues for the life of the business district and its animation. The Euralille district bears witness to its vitality and begins a new era, focused on the low-carbon city and landscape metamorphosis. The project is developing 8,000 m² of SDP, nearly 40% of which will be devoted to hosting a predominantly catering and leisure program, in the form of a large climbing room. The office program will host the flex office brand Newton Offices.

Building of the year 2021

January 2021  – Award

The Sé nominee for the Archdaily Building of the Year Awards in the office category!

The building is an all-concrete, triangular office building – four levels built around a central courtyard, linked to one another with monumental active stairs, visible to the outside world as a continuous glass ribbon that wraps around the building. It is a dynamo for an active city center that meet its metropolitan vision with the welcome of the international company

Until 10 February 2021, vote for the building HERE.

Facade prototypes on site

January 2021 – Work in progress

Verification of facade prototypes of the window framing and brickwork for the South facade of the Fondation de Chine. Located in the south of Paris between Parc Montsouris and the ring road, Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris (CIUP) hosts nearly 12,000 students, researchers, artists and top athletes from around the world. With the Fondation de Chine, the CIUP is continuing its great tradition of hosting national residences. Coldefy, in collaboration with Atelier FCJZ, designed a building that is a synthesis of French and Chinese cultures, with its architecture reflecting the sensitivity of both cultures that only an agency with a presence in both France and China could have. It will host 300 students bedrooms, a multipurpose room (capacity 300 people), 3 music rooms, a student hostel and accessible green roofs.

Best Wishes!

January 2021

Coldefy wishes you a fresh, dynamic, loving, human and inspiring new year.

Best of nature-inspired architecture

December 2020 – Publication

WIRED magazine showcases Tropicalia among the best nature-inspired architecture 2021!

“As sustainability and environmental issues start to assume a greater role in the considerations of architects and developers, it appears the age of the megabuilding may finally be over. Taking their place in 2021 are new, biophilic structures – from a school in India to an aquarium in Mexico and a hotel on a glacier – which incorporate elements of the natural world into their architecture, from sympathetic materials and forms to forging direct connections with their surrounding environments.”

Ideal and practice of cultural architectural design

Decembre 2020 – Lecture

Follow here the lecture of Zhuo Wang Rolland, Dir. Asia at Coldefy, given at the occasion of the “Art, Space and Innovation Week” at the Beijing Institute of Technology on 7 December 2020. She describes the process through actual engineering cases, how the project members implement the concept, the communication process, the game between ideals and reality for the realization of cultural architectural projects.

Zak Virtual Festival of Façades 2020

Novembre 2020 – Lecture

On November 27th, and still on-line, listen to Thomas Coldefy ‘s presentation “Context Matters” for the ZAK Virtual Festival of Façades 2020.

Shenzhen International Performing Art Center

November 2020 – Shortlisted competition

A world-class jury selected the proposal of Coldefy as finalist among high quality competitors for the International Performing Art Center in Shenzhen!
our project proposes an innovative and flexible performing arts center characterized by three sweeping roofs, providing a new public place that responds to both the cultural tradition and innovative spirit of Shenzhen.

Xi’an International Football Center

November 2020 – International forum
The proposal of Coldefy with Valode & Pistre for the design of the Xi’an International Football Center, was finalist. The requirement was the design of a stadium for Asia Games 2023, with a masterplan and accompanying programs that complete a new CBD axis in the western district of Xi’an.
our proposal balances needs of a new stadium with the future needs of a community, aiming to create a vibrant district that can thrive 24hours a day and 365 days a year, long after the Asia Games are over.