Nominated for: Emerging Designer of the Year

The Hollander Hotel Chicago Cigue Delordinaire

The Hollander Hotel, Chicago

Why they’ve been nominated

Delordinaire’s projects reflect its no-fixed-office philosophy. Although their designs focus on what they call ‘ordinary subject matter’ – quotidian activities such as eating, sleeping and conversing – the architects work these mundane realities into highly customized, nonindustrial responses that are anything but banal. The studio challenges normative perceptions of how spaces are used. The constant questioning that is intrinsic to their designs also enables them to rise to the challenge of their geographically disparate team (spread between Paris, London and Montreal). As forward-thinking as the virtual office sounds, other aspects of Delordinaire’s work embrace more traditional methodologies firmly rooted in the physical. Prototyping, for instance, is pivotal to the design process. An emphasis on tactility requires the team to build relationships with artisans and tradespeople, a fruitful exchange of expertise that means they can take a project beyond their own levels of imagination.

1 Delordinaire Valentin Fougeray

Co-founders Adrian Hunfalvay, Erwan Lêveque, Jean-Philippe Parent

Highhouse Quebec Delordinaire

Highhouse, Quebec

Pslab Stuttgart Juergen Pollak Delordinaire

PSLAB Workspace, Stuttgart

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