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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.

teaching

march 2021
Thomas Coldefy is very happy to be invited to teach students in Master’s degree at École Spéciale d’Architecture Paris (www.esa-paris.fr) 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 Sébastopol-Booking.com nominee for the Archdaily Building of the Year Awards in the office category!

the booking.com 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 Booking.com.

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.

we will not let hate win

novembre 2020 – virtual lecture

on 14 November and now online, watch the online talk «We Will Not Let Hate Win» organized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Thomas Coldefy and Zoltán Neville, Director of Design & International Development, present the National Pulse Memorial & Museum of Orlando, a project won by a multidisciplinary team led by Coldefy. They explain how the approach of the project is an opportunity to catalyse the change through architecture and urban design, in honor to the victims of the tragedy of the Pulse night club four years ago.

lille et les villes du nord, 10 artistes + 100 lieux

october 2020 – publication

thanks to Geoffroy Deffrennes for his great portrait of Thomas Coldefy and Isabel Van Haute. they are presented together with 9 artists from Lille (namely Mimi le Clown, Norman Dilworth and Julien Gosselin) in the cultural guide dedicated to the contemporary creation in Lille and North of France. The book written in French and published by the Editions Ateliers Henry Dougier is called Lille et Villes du Nord au Coeur de la Création Contemporaine, 10 artistes + 100 lieux.

garage

september 2020 – under construction
garage is a rehabilitated Peugeot car garage of the 1940’s transformed into a unique “third place” dedicated to retail and innovation in the heart of Lille. its folding facade, a technical and architectural achievement, is stimulating the public space. Coldefy challenges the limit between public and private spaces. Delivery soon.