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OASIS in Montpellier

12 Apr 2023

Design: Coldefy

Location: Montpellier, France

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Renders: Coldefy

OASIS Mixed-Use Development, France

With its Oasis project, Coldefy wins the “Architectural Folies” competition of Montpellier and signs an ode to creativity, a unique and gentle urban form, inspired by nature, in resonance with the sensitive architecture practiced by the studio and its virtuous environmental approach.

OASIS Mixed-Use Development Montpellier Occitania

On Wednesday, March 15, 2023, at MIPIM (International Market for Real Estate Professionals) in Cannes, Michaël Delafosse, Mayor of Montpellier and President of Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole, unveiled four new “Architectural Folies”, which, in the legacy of the Montpellier Folies and on the horizon of the competition for the title of European Capital of Culture 2028, will stimulate architectural innovation in the city of Montpellier.

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In partnership with SOGEPROM-PRAGMA, Franck Boutté, Coloco, Acoustique&Conseil, Vincent Cavaroc, Bollinger+Grohmann and Francois Trinh-Duc, Coldefy won the support and confidence of the jury of this international competition with its audacious Oasis project, which will take place in the Ovalie district to propose an inclusive and mixed program that will weave sustainable links with the rest of the city.

What is architectural “folie” in 2023?
“It’s a folie douce (mild madness), a freedom of inspiration, a search for symbiosis. It’s a clever mix of respect and audacity, of common sense and innovation. It’s also a return to our origins and the application of universal and fundamental principles”, answer the architects Thomas Coldefy and Isabel Van Haute.

OASIS Mixed-Use Development Montpellier Occitania

Built around a garden imagined from the existing vegetation on the site,, inspired by the Mediterranean umbrella pines, the figure of the straw hat and the playful and childlike imagination of the cabin in the trees, Oasis is a large-scale project, turned towards nature, open to the city and its inhabitants, around two buildings (one housing, the other offices) with undulating forms, topped with bioclimatic bamboo umbrellas, facing each other and connected by a footbridge, where are articulated shared outdoor spaces, a space for children, commercial spaces, a roof top accessible to the public with a sports bar hosted by the famous rugby player François Trinh-Duc, and an unobstructed panoramic view of Montpellier’s territory, up to the sea.

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To meet its environmental commitments, Coldefy also thought this architectural “folie” and new landscape marker as a reasoned approach in terms of impact. The design itself, responding to bioclimatic issues and ensuring the freshness and energy efficiency of the homes with openings that offer natural light and ventilation, and the choice of bamboo, a decarbonated, sustainable and rapidly recyclable material from the bamboo grove in Anduze (30), are the markers of this innovative, local and sustainable approach.

With Oasis, Coldefy makes a strong architectural and environmental statement.

OASIS Mixed-Use Development Montpellier Occitania

OASIS in Montpellier, France – Building Information

Design: Coldefy – https://coldefy.fr/

Project size: 8000 sqm

Images: Coldefy

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Location: Montpellier, France

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