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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Coldefy wishes you a fresh, dynamic, loving, human and inspiring new year.
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.”
december 2020 – publication
garage is an architectural innovation in Lille city center. it is a unique place capable of transforming its original 3,800 m² to reinvent them and shake them up according to events, needs or encounters, until converting them into 6,500 m² of retail and innovation experience. Vozer, thanks for your article!
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.
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.