1st Prize EU Parliament

27 July, 2022 at 15:26

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.


With the support of engineering firms UTIL (BE) and Ramboll (DK)

More info here and stay tuned for more details!

Mini Stoop Picnic

9 March, 2022 at 11:51

Stoop, produced and distributed worldwide by Vestre, is now a line of products. Vestre started beginning of 2022 with the production of Stoop’s smaller version Mini Stoop and its long gathering table Stoop Picnic.

Mini Stoop is a smaller, more intimate Stoop that could fit many spaces where the bigger Stoop brother is too large, but it’s abilities of a casual meeting place desired.


Stoop Picnic is a table-bench combo within the Stoop family, with a focus on non-stigmatising, universal design. The original Stoop design functions as an improvised lunch table but Stoop Picnic opens up to a wider audience. This design welcomes the differently abled and encapsulates the concept of gathering around a table, for all.


The complete family:


More on the project here

Rewilding in a nature escape in Portugal

25 November, 2021 at 11:13

JDSA’s masterplan and design of a living in nature community in the heart of Alentejo got approved by the local authorities.


Combining Wild and Productive landscape in Alentejo.
How to turn 40 hectares of hilly land into a naturally diverse, rich and resilient community?
Constructing a series of buildings, laying out a few kilometers of paths and letting yearly hundreds of people visit and enjoy a precious piece of authentic Portuguese nature is an action that needs care. At Jardim, this will only be done with respect to nature.
Architectural interventions will be minimized, while outdoor living and taking care of the current vegetation and enriching the land’s fertility and diversity will be privileged. Jardim is a place to get in touch with nature, rewild, learn, discover and disconnect from urbanity.
Jardim will be an example of a future-proof, durable and socially sustainable community. The project has now received building permit and seeks like-minded partners.

See the project here



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30 September, 2021 at 13:56

This project seeks to address the issue of heritage in terms other than those, more classic, romantic or even symbolic, of architectural stylistics. Not wishing in any way, and even on the contrary, to denigrate history, our approach is to assess the value of a building’s survival potential beyond its aesthetics but really on the basis of its consumed carbon.

More on the project here.

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15 September, 2021 at 14:05

Earlier this year, we delivered the planning application for our high-rise residential tower in central Rennes, France, and are currently starting the tender phase.


The tower proposal manipulates the masterplan’s density to unfold a stepped public space on ground level that invites the pedestrian to climb its base.
Resonating Rennes’ colombage heritage, the tower expands as it climbs upwards, to finally reach its maximum girth on level 12 where it hosts a panoramic park for its inhabitants. The building then resumes its ascension and profile all the way up to its 27th floor, offering over 210 new homes to Rennes’ residents, as well as office and commercial space in its base.

More on the project here.



30 August, 2021 at 14:08

Our project for a low-carbon housing development in Cesson-Sévigné, France, which received planning permission earlier this year, is currently awaiting the final results for the tender phase (construction scheduled early 2022).

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The design is focused on reducing the carbon impact of construction through the use of hemp concrete. It also aims at maximizing sunlight and natural ventilation (with 3m floor-to-floor height and cross-ventilation in every flat), and developing urban biodiversity.
Each of the 56 apartments has either a balcony, a winter garden, a loggia or a generous terrace. In addition, the project offers a large common greenhouse in which the community can meet, discuss and cultivate together.

The Bat Mansion is set in place

15 May, 2021 at 13:24

JDS Architects designed a birdhouse for bats in Parc Des Gayeulles in Rennes, France.

Near the lakes and forest areas of the park, a home for Bats was an obvious choice, as they are an important part of a functioning ecosystem. Making a bat-friendly place supports the ecologically essential role bats have in the environment, including pest-control, pollination and seed dispersal.
The Muz Yer project in Rennes made different architects design different birdhouses on various locations throughout the city. Each birdhouse is a specific architectural response to an urban context and a refuge specific to the species identified by the Ligue Protectrice des Oiseaux (RSPB in France), the project’s scientific partner. More about Muz Yer here.

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The Golden House in Aarhus Completed

15 March, 2021 at 10:59


This spring, the first residents moved in our newly completed Golden House on the intersection of Vesterbro Torv and Vester Alle in Aarhus, Denmark. Having only one third of its façade length on the inner courtyard, we decided to reorient the project outwards, offering all apartments generous light intake and outdoor balcony spaces towards the city.

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Belle-Île receives Building permit

15 January, 2021 at 10:55

The Belle-Ile project is an extension and renovation of a shopping center located between 2 waterways in the city of Liège, Belgium. 


The extension we propose turns the shopping center inside out. Rather than introversion, we suggest opening the mall to its surroundings, making the public space around the complex the heart of the project. The project cascades towards the Canal de l’Ourthe in a succession of landscaped and programmed open terraces. The program of the extension breaks with the monofunctional commercial space to offer a series of mixed functions such as co-working, catering and sports.

See the project here