Thomas Coldefy, founding partner of Coldefy, will be speaker as well at Energy and Environmental Efficiency Day organized by EnerJ-meeting Paris. The topic of his speech is about the “Renovation of the European Parliament in Brussels (project by the EUROPARC collective*) and carbon sobriety”.


The Conference will take place on the 9th from 12:20 to 12:40, of February at Palais Brongniart.
More details and registration: https://www.enerj-meeting.com/

*Julien De Smedt Architectes, Coldefy, CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati, Ensamble Studio, NL Architects

The concrete structure of Lake11 is being constructed floor by floor.

Client: Atenor
Architects: Coldefy, Demeter Design Stúdió, 5LM

The staircases bridge across the courtyard to create a continuous floating path from the ground to the roof garden, meanwhile the central space becomes a place for exchange between Chinese and French cultures.

Architects: Coldefy, Atelier FCJZ
Collaborators: S2T, Aedis, AVEL ACOUSTIQUE,
Cabinet Vanguard , Le Sommer, BASE

Photo: Mathieu Gangloff

New picture of the construction of Cité Administrative of Lille. The project was designed by Coldefy and Valode & Pistre, and is being carried out by Bouygues Batiment Nord-Est.Client: Préfecture de la région Hauts-de-France et du Nord

Following a competitive process for the Urban Design of 8 hectares of new residential park area called Lake City, Coldefy was selected with Demeter Design Studio and 5LM to develop approximately 275 units of housing with parking, services, and supporting commercial spaces.
The design integrates a series of residential buildings among an existing green area, preserving the human scale and natural qualities of the site. Construction has started and we look forward to sharing the progress.

Client: Atenor
Architects: Coldefy, Demeter Design Stúdió, 5LM

Very proud and honored to announce that Thomas Coldefy, founding partner of Coldefy have been awarded “Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters” by Rima ABDUL MALAK , the French Minister of Culture.

This prestigious French distinction is a great honor as it is also the recognition by France of all the work done by the whole staff of Coldefy to promote French architecture and its influence at an international scale. 

Coldefy’s partner and architect Zoltan Neville will present the Lille based project Echo at World Architecture Festival 2022

See you in Lisbon, November 30 – December 2.


Client of the project Echo: Aventim, ENGIE Solutions Aire Nouvelle
Lead Architect: Coldefy
Collaborators: Projex, Ingébois, VP & Green, Tribu, Coloco, LTA, Aïda

​​Zoltán Neville, Partner Coldefy & Associés Architectes Urbanistes, France focused on “Échelles / Scales” at SHARE Belgrade 2022

The presentation demonstrated through several completed and ongoing projects of diverse scales and types, how Coldefy creates balanced environmental, urban, and social compositions that push the boundaries for cities and life. Zoltán Neville presented some of the projects of the office: Hong Kong Design Institute, Wonderbuilding Office, Fondation de Chine, and Tropicalia.

Thomas Coldefy, founding partner and Zoltan Neville partner of Coldefy will be speakers as well at SHARE Belgrade 2022 International Architecture and Engineering Forum.
The conference will take place on 23rd November at the Metropol Palace Hotel and is organised by SHARE Architects, the largest network dedicated to architecture and construction professionals in Central and South Eastern Europe.
The goal of SHARE Belgrade 2022 is to focus on design and performance for the next generation of facades and their impact in improving public space, as well as to showcase major developments in Serbia and internationally.

Our winning proposal for New EU Parliament Building

The European Parliament announced the international competition to renew the SPAAK
Building in May 2020, with the objectives to set a positive example of sustainable and
regenerative building, and to engage in dialogue with citizens and the city. EUROPARC’s
proposal stood out from the 15 submitted designs, and was officially named the winner of the first prize in July 2022. The jury commended the project for both its functional and symbolic qualities, calling it “... a genuine re-use proposal that offers an enhanced interface with the public and a new architectural expression to the building with useful sustainability features.”

EUROPARC is composed of architectural studios JDSA / Julien De Smedt Architects
(DK/BE), Coldefy (FR), CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati (IT), NL Architects (NL) and Ensamble
Studio (SP), with the support of engineering companies from UTIL (BE) and Ramboll (DK).
Together, these teams account for over 30 different nationalities in their ranks. Its formation emphasizes a new approach to architecture, one that prioritizes collaboration and orchestrates the know-how of different disciplines, instead of relying on individualism and singular decision-making, a common practice in the past century.

Thomas Coldefy, founding partner of Coldefy, will be speaker as well at SHARE Belgrade 2022 International Architecture and Engineering Forum. 

The conference will take place on 23rd November at the Metropol Palace Hotel and is organised by SHARE Architects, the largest network dedicated to architecture and construction professionals in Central and South Eastern Europe.

The goal of SHARE Belgrade 2022 is to focus on design and performance for the next generation of facades and their impact in improving public space, as well as to showcase major developments in Serbia and internationally.

The Balice exhibition marks the commitment from Zuecca and Coldefy to engage a long term dialogue between Art and Architecture as a meaningful process of understanding the ever changing interpretation of the environment we live in. Following the Tropicalia exhibition at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, and the Balice exhibition at Coldefy Paris studio, the collaboration will produce exhibitions, talks, essays and architectural explorations.
The fields of Art and Architecture have a deep connection, as they have a simultaneously expressive and communicative meaning. Whether regarding a set of complex ideas or an inhabitable space, they both engage the senses and remain key forms of cultural expression for mankind.
Thomas Coldefy & Alessandro Possati

Corrugated and angular surfaces of the synthesis of French and Chinese cultures.

Client: Cité internationale universitaire de Paris
Lead Architect: Coldefy
Associate Architect: Atelier FCJZ
Collaborators: S2T, AEDIS, Avel Acoustique,
Cabinet Vanguard, Le Sommer, BASE

The construction work is advancing on all fronts for the new Cité Administrative of Lille. Look forward to see how the southern sector of the city will be revived.

The project was designed by Coldefy and Valode & Pistre, and is being carried out by Bouygues Bâtiment Nord-Est.

Client: Préfecture du Nord

Le Manoir, Wasquehal, France
The wooden structure for the new wing of the iconic Manor of Wasquehal is nearing completion. The new modern building complements the stately manor house, adding a new contemporary touch while preserving its heritage.

Client: Atenor
Architects: Coldefy
Collaborators: Projex, Diagobat, Groupe Kardham

In Budapest's 11th district, the construction of our design for an ensemble of buildings is underway. Designed with diversity of living in mind, the project weaves architecture and nature together in a sustainable way. 
Geothermal energy will providing all heating and hot water for the entire project, an efficient and economic solution for all future residents.


Client: Atenor
Architects: Coldefy, Demeter Design Studio, 5LM
Landscape: Urban Concept Budapest

Meet us on the 15th of October at LMH Rives de la Haute-Deûle résidence. Isabel Van Haute, one of the founders of Coldefy, will take a fascinating tour on the architectural challenges of housing construction today, and on the specific work that has been carried out for this housing estate in an exceptional location, on the banks of the Haute-Deûle.

Wonder Building, Bagnolet, France
The long glazed façade with horizontal lines and diagonals follows the peripheral boulevard and creates a new urban signal for the Porte de Bagnolet as much as it shields against the nuisance of the boulevard for its employees and the inhabitants of Bagnolet. 

Lead Architect: ColdefyCollaborators: Bollinger+Grohmann, Sylvain Maury , BASE, Projex, Lamoureux & Ricciotti, ARP Astrance, DAL, Spooms, Studio B&B, Bouygues Construction, Builders & Partners

Thomas Coldefy and Isabel Van Haute, founders of Coldefy, gave a lecture on the role of the void in architecture at the LifeCycles Festival (29 September 2022, Ghent) Thanks to the organizers for the invitation!

We are happy to announce the groundbreaking of Lake11, in Budapest’s 11th District.
Following a competitive process for the Urban Design of 8 hectares of new residential park area called Lake City, Coldefy was selected with Demeter Design Studio and 5LM to develop approximately 175 units of housing with parking, services, and supporting commercial spaces.
The design integrates a series of residential buildings among an existing green area, preserving the human scale and natural qualities of the site.

Coldefy has been selected winner of the competition for the construction of over 50 units of individual, intermediary, and collective housing units in Amiens ZAC Renancourt. Primarily driven by the desire to integrate the development into the landscape, the project is organized around landscaped areas with dedicated private and collective exterior spaces, encouraging connection with the exterior as well as between residents of the community.

Coldefy has been selected winner of the competition for the construction of a new Parking structure in Saclay, France. Located at the entrance of ZAC Corbeville urban development area, the parking structure has the opportunity to signal the entrance to the area, as well as connect with the green corridor via an integrated garden, all the while proposing a pure architectural language that dialogues with the neighborhood. The project was developed with Gagne Park engineers for Indigo.

Our Project Parenthèse in Marc-en-Baroeul has been selected among the 20 winners for remarkable projects and initiatives in real estate. The project is developed by Aire Nouvel / Aventim, aiming to bring life to a district through the creation of a new sustainable office building on strategic triangular site just outside of Lille.

We are proud to announce that JDSA / Julien De Smedt Architects (DK), Coldefy (FR), CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati (IT), NL Architects (NL) and Ensamble Studio (SP) have formed a collective of united European architects and won the First Prize of the international competition to design a new European Parliament building in Brussels. Stay tuned for more details!

We are honored to be included among the worldarchfest 2022 Shortlist. We will present our Lille based project Echo at WAF2022 - see you in Lisbon, November 30 - December 2.

We are happy to announce the groundbreaking of Paul Duez Secondary School in Cambrai, France, that celebrates the well-being necessary for learning and for the development of life. It will be the first one to be built in wood in the North of France. Thus, the building’s primary purpose is to ensure the comfort of users, quality of life, respect for the environment, economic and performance.

On June 29th, Thomas Coldefy took part in the CARPARK FUTURES COMPETITION Roundtable and Prize-giving ceremony organized by DPA-X and Indigo Group. Joined by Dominique Perrault, Architect and Urbanist, Serge Clemente, President of Indigo, and many others, the competition and event, held at Tripostal Lille, aims to encourage the emergence of innovative solutions linked to the architectural, urban, environmental and technical potential of an upgraded underground car park.

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. Get in touch with us at communication@coldefy.fr, we look forward to meeting with you.

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.

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.

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)

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Congratulations to Chef Mathieu Boutroy of the restaurant Le Cerisier and his team, who received a star in the Michelin Guide 2021!

“On the first floor of an ultra-contemporary building in the heart of Lille, the former chef of Meurin, Mathieu Boutroy, is active in a superb open kitchen."

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

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."

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 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.

On September 22, Thomas Coldefy took part in a virtual panel discussion organized by Delta Light with Konrad Buhagiar, executive director of AP Valletta, and Pippo Ciorra, principal curator of Museo Maxxi in Rome. This was part of a series of round tables dedicated to the conception of the future, this one is focused on culture. Architecture simultaneously reflects and influences culture. All over the world, cultural buildings are landmarks for cities and countries, adding value to the experience of art and creating context for individuals and societies. With the evolution of art, cities and audiences, what will be the role and how will we design our cultural buildings in the future? How can museums and galleries be flexible to accommodate different styles of exhibitions? Listen to the roundtable here.

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.

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!

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.

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

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.

Listen to the interview (in French) of Thomas Coldefy and Isabel Van Haute for the radio show Com d'Archi Podcast by Anne-Charlotte Depondt: they present their story and the one of the office Coldefy and conclued with a short presentation of the Pulse Memorial & Museum of Orlando. This short presentation is also available in English here.

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.

Find here the contribution of Thomas Coldefy "La Nouvelle Normalité" ("The New Normality") in the book "Et demain, on fait quoi? 198 contributions pour penser la ville " ("And tomoroww, what will we do? 198 contributions to think the city") published by the Pavillon de l'Arsenal, the center of urban planning and architecture of Paris.

03/02/2023

Conference

Thomas Coldefy, founding partner of Coldefy, will be speaker as well at Energy and Environmental Efficiency Day organized by EnerJ-meeting Paris. The topic of his speech is about the “Renovation of the European Parliament in Brussels (project by the EUROPARC collective*) and carbon sobriety”.


The Conference will take place on the 9th from 12:20 to 12:40, of February at Palais Brongniart.
More details and registration: https://www.enerj-meeting.com/

*Julien De Smedt Architectes, Coldefy, CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati, Ensamble Studio, NL Architects

Conference

The concrete structure of Lake11 is being constructed floor by floor.

Client: Atenor
Architects: Coldefy, Demeter Design Stúdió, 5LM

Following a competitive process for the Urban Design of 8 hectares of new residential park area called Lake City, Coldefy was selected with Demeter Design Studio and 5LM to develop approximately 275 units of housing with parking, services, and supporting commercial spaces.
The design integrates a series of residential buildings among an existing green area, preserving the human scale and natural qualities of the site. Construction has started and we look forward to sharing the progress.

Client: Atenor
Architects: Coldefy, Demeter Design Stúdió, 5LM

​​Zoltán Neville, Partner Coldefy & Associés Architectes Urbanistes, France focused on “Échelles / Scales” at SHARE Belgrade 2022

The presentation demonstrated through several completed and ongoing projects of diverse scales and types, how Coldefy creates balanced environmental, urban, and social compositions that push the boundaries for cities and life. Zoltán Neville presented some of the projects of the office: Hong Kong Design Institute, Wonderbuilding Office, Fondation de Chine, and Tropicalia.

Thomas Coldefy, founding partner of Coldefy, will be speaker as well at SHARE Belgrade 2022 International Architecture and Engineering Forum. 

The conference will take place on 23rd November at the Metropol Palace Hotel and is organised by SHARE Architects, the largest network dedicated to architecture and construction professionals in Central and South Eastern Europe.

The goal of SHARE Belgrade 2022 is to focus on design and performance for the next generation of facades and their impact in improving public space, as well as to showcase major developments in Serbia and internationally.

The construction work is advancing on all fronts for the new Cité Administrative of Lille. Look forward to see how the southern sector of the city will be revived.

The project was designed by Coldefy and Valode & Pistre, and is being carried out by Bouygues Bâtiment Nord-Est.

Client: Préfecture du Nord

Meet us on the 15th of October at LMH Rives de la Haute-Deûle résidence. Isabel Van Haute, one of the founders of Coldefy, will take a fascinating tour on the architectural challenges of housing construction today, and on the specific work that has been carried out for this housing estate in an exceptional location, on the banks of the Haute-Deûle.

We are happy to announce the groundbreaking of Lake11, in Budapest’s 11th District.
Following a competitive process for the Urban Design of 8 hectares of new residential park area called Lake City, Coldefy was selected with Demeter Design Studio and 5LM to develop approximately 175 units of housing with parking, services, and supporting commercial spaces.
The design integrates a series of residential buildings among an existing green area, preserving the human scale and natural qualities of the site.

Our Project Parenthèse in Marc-en-Baroeul has been selected among the 20 winners for remarkable projects and initiatives in real estate. The project is developed by Aire Nouvel / Aventim, aiming to bring life to a district through the creation of a new sustainable office building on strategic triangular site just outside of Lille.

We are happy to announce the groundbreaking of Paul Duez Secondary School in Cambrai, France, that celebrates the well-being necessary for learning and for the development of life. It will be the first one to be built in wood in the North of France. Thus, the building’s primary purpose is to ensure the comfort of users, quality of life, respect for the environment, economic and performance.

Thomas Coldefy and Marc Franco will be representing the studio at MIPIM World 2022 in Cannes from March 15-18. Get in touch with us at communication@coldefy.fr, we look forward to meeting with you.

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)

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Congratulations to Chef Mathieu Boutroy of the restaurant Le Cerisier and his team, who received a star in the Michelin Guide 2021!

“On the first floor of an ultra-contemporary building in the heart of Lille, the former chef of Meurin, Mathieu Boutroy, is active in a superb open kitchen."

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.

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.

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

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.

The staircases bridge across the courtyard to create a continuous floating path from the ground to the roof garden, meanwhile the central space becomes a place for exchange between Chinese and French cultures.

Architects: Coldefy, Atelier FCJZ
Collaborators: S2T, Aedis, AVEL ACOUSTIQUE,
Cabinet Vanguard , Le Sommer, BASE

Photo: Mathieu Gangloff

Very proud and honored to announce that Thomas Coldefy, founding partner of Coldefy have been awarded “Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters” by Rima ABDUL MALAK , the French Minister of Culture.

This prestigious French distinction is a great honor as it is also the recognition by France of all the work done by the whole staff of Coldefy to promote French architecture and its influence at an international scale. 

Thomas Coldefy, founding partner and Zoltan Neville partner of Coldefy will be speakers as well at SHARE Belgrade 2022 International Architecture and Engineering Forum.
The conference will take place on 23rd November at the Metropol Palace Hotel and is organised by SHARE Architects, the largest network dedicated to architecture and construction professionals in Central and South Eastern Europe.
The goal of SHARE Belgrade 2022 is to focus on design and performance for the next generation of facades and their impact in improving public space, as well as to showcase major developments in Serbia and internationally.

The Balice exhibition marks the commitment from Zuecca and Coldefy to engage a long term dialogue between Art and Architecture as a meaningful process of understanding the ever changing interpretation of the environment we live in. Following the Tropicalia exhibition at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, and the Balice exhibition at Coldefy Paris studio, the collaboration will produce exhibitions, talks, essays and architectural explorations.
The fields of Art and Architecture have a deep connection, as they have a simultaneously expressive and communicative meaning. Whether regarding a set of complex ideas or an inhabitable space, they both engage the senses and remain key forms of cultural expression for mankind.
Thomas Coldefy & Alessandro Possati

Le Manoir, Wasquehal, France
The wooden structure for the new wing of the iconic Manor of Wasquehal is nearing completion. The new modern building complements the stately manor house, adding a new contemporary touch while preserving its heritage.

Client: Atenor
Architects: Coldefy
Collaborators: Projex, Diagobat, Groupe Kardham

Wonder Building, Bagnolet, France
The long glazed façade with horizontal lines and diagonals follows the peripheral boulevard and creates a new urban signal for the Porte de Bagnolet as much as it shields against the nuisance of the boulevard for its employees and the inhabitants of Bagnolet. 

Lead Architect: ColdefyCollaborators: Bollinger+Grohmann, Sylvain Maury , BASE, Projex, Lamoureux & Ricciotti, ARP Astrance, DAL, Spooms, Studio B&B, Bouygues Construction, Builders & Partners

Coldefy has been selected winner of the competition for the construction of over 50 units of individual, intermediary, and collective housing units in Amiens ZAC Renancourt. Primarily driven by the desire to integrate the development into the landscape, the project is organized around landscaped areas with dedicated private and collective exterior spaces, encouraging connection with the exterior as well as between residents of the community.

We are proud to announce that JDSA / Julien De Smedt Architects (DK), Coldefy (FR), CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati (IT), NL Architects (NL) and Ensamble Studio (SP) have formed a collective of united European architects and won the First Prize of the international competition to design a new European Parliament building in Brussels. Stay tuned for more details!

On June 29th, Thomas Coldefy took part in the CARPARK FUTURES COMPETITION Roundtable and Prize-giving ceremony organized by DPA-X and Indigo Group. Joined by Dominique Perrault, Architect and Urbanist, Serge Clemente, President of Indigo, and many others, the competition and event, held at Tripostal Lille, aims to encourage the emergence of innovative solutions linked to the architectural, urban, environmental and technical potential of an upgraded underground car park.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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

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.

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!

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.

Find here the contribution of Thomas Coldefy "La Nouvelle Normalité" ("The New Normality") in the book "Et demain, on fait quoi? 198 contributions pour penser la ville " ("And tomoroww, what will we do? 198 contributions to think the city") published by the Pavillon de l'Arsenal, the center of urban planning and architecture of Paris.

New picture of the construction of Cité Administrative of Lille. The project was designed by Coldefy and Valode & Pistre, and is being carried out by Bouygues Batiment Nord-Est.Client: Préfecture de la région Hauts-de-France et du Nord

Coldefy’s partner and architect Zoltan Neville will present the Lille based project Echo at World Architecture Festival 2022

See you in Lisbon, November 30 – December 2.


Client of the project Echo: Aventim, ENGIE Solutions Aire Nouvelle
Lead Architect: Coldefy
Collaborators: Projex, Ingébois, VP & Green, Tribu, Coloco, LTA, Aïda

Our winning proposal for New EU Parliament Building

The European Parliament announced the international competition to renew the SPAAK
Building in May 2020, with the objectives to set a positive example of sustainable and
regenerative building, and to engage in dialogue with citizens and the city. EUROPARC’s
proposal stood out from the 15 submitted designs, and was officially named the winner of the first prize in July 2022. The jury commended the project for both its functional and symbolic qualities, calling it “... a genuine re-use proposal that offers an enhanced interface with the public and a new architectural expression to the building with useful sustainability features.”

EUROPARC is composed of architectural studios JDSA / Julien De Smedt Architects
(DK/BE), Coldefy (FR), CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati (IT), NL Architects (NL) and Ensamble
Studio (SP), with the support of engineering companies from UTIL (BE) and Ramboll (DK).
Together, these teams account for over 30 different nationalities in their ranks. Its formation emphasizes a new approach to architecture, one that prioritizes collaboration and orchestrates the know-how of different disciplines, instead of relying on individualism and singular decision-making, a common practice in the past century.

Corrugated and angular surfaces of the synthesis of French and Chinese cultures.

Client: Cité internationale universitaire de Paris
Lead Architect: Coldefy
Associate Architect: Atelier FCJZ
Collaborators: S2T, AEDIS, Avel Acoustique,
Cabinet Vanguard, Le Sommer, BASE

In Budapest's 11th district, the construction of our design for an ensemble of buildings is underway. Designed with diversity of living in mind, the project weaves architecture and nature together in a sustainable way. 
Geothermal energy will providing all heating and hot water for the entire project, an efficient and economic solution for all future residents.


Client: Atenor
Architects: Coldefy, Demeter Design Studio, 5LM
Landscape: Urban Concept Budapest

Thomas Coldefy and Isabel Van Haute, founders of Coldefy, gave a lecture on the role of the void in architecture at the LifeCycles Festival (29 September 2022, Ghent) Thanks to the organizers for the invitation!

Coldefy has been selected winner of the competition for the construction of a new Parking structure in Saclay, France. Located at the entrance of ZAC Corbeville urban development area, the parking structure has the opportunity to signal the entrance to the area, as well as connect with the green corridor via an integrated garden, all the while proposing a pure architectural language that dialogues with the neighborhood. The project was developed with Gagne Park engineers for Indigo.

We are honored to be included among the worldarchfest 2022 Shortlist. We will present our Lille based project Echo at WAF2022 - see you in Lisbon, November 30 - December 2.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

On September 22, Thomas Coldefy took part in a virtual panel discussion organized by Delta Light with Konrad Buhagiar, executive director of AP Valletta, and Pippo Ciorra, principal curator of Museo Maxxi in Rome. This was part of a series of round tables dedicated to the conception of the future, this one is focused on culture. Architecture simultaneously reflects and influences culture. All over the world, cultural buildings are landmarks for cities and countries, adding value to the experience of art and creating context for individuals and societies. With the evolution of art, cities and audiences, what will be the role and how will we design our cultural buildings in the future? How can museums and galleries be flexible to accommodate different styles of exhibitions? Listen to the roundtable here.

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.

Listen to the interview (in French) of Thomas Coldefy and Isabel Van Haute for the radio show Com d'Archi Podcast by Anne-Charlotte Depondt: they present their story and the one of the office Coldefy and conclued with a short presentation of the Pulse Memorial & Museum of Orlando. This short presentation is also available in English here.