Archidéelles 2017 Competition: who are the winners?

Rabot Dutilleul is committed to transforming and constructing towns and cities. Through the development of its activities and its geographical expansion, this family business is very attentive to the needs of the markets and the users. Since 2013, the Archidéelles competition has been a wonderful watch tool for monitoring our lines of business. It highlights the ideas and solutions generated by young architects.


For four years, Rabot Dutilleul has publicly recognised architecture graduates trained in the French regions of Hauts-de-France and Ile-de-France or in Belgium. This competition aims to encourage innovation and to honour the talented young architects who will be building the towns and cities of tomorrow.

For this latest edition, we wanted the competition to be part of the dynamic initiative taken by the Lille European Metropolitan area, with the support of Lille-Design, to turn Lille into the World Design Capital throughout the year 2020. Thus, in September 2017, the Archidéelles competition officially launched its new challenge on the following topic: "Architecture and design – when design transforms our facades."

Through this topic, the intention was to make our young architects think about the contribution of design to the conception and production of our facades, with a view to fostering conviviality, efficiency and frugality. Indeed, facades remain the key to integrating a building into its urban environment and to encouraging those who live and work in it to take ownership of it.


On 2nd February 2018, the six candidates selected by the technical commission presented their projects to a panel of judges. Following this final presentation, the three winners of the Archidéelles competition received their prizes sponsored by LMH, Caisse des Dépôts and Rabot Dutilleul on 22nd February 2018 during a closing ceremony held at the Lille Architecture and Urbanism centre (WAAO).

- 1st Prize worth €3,000 awarded by LMH to the two-person team made up of Alice Cladet (ENSA Normandie 2017) and Bertille Masse (École de design Nantes Atlantique 2015) for their “Echange” project.

“Echange is a productive and connected facade that enables users to personalise their standards of privacy and their levels of energy efficiency.”

- 2nd Prize worth €2,000 awarded by Caisse des Dépôts to the two-person team made up of Mélanie Blondelle and Manon Pesez (ENSAPL Lille 2018) for the “Décaler la doublure” project.

“Through a textile innovation called ‘Move the Lining’, we propose a range of methods that provide a flexible alternative set of solutions to the need for internal insulation of houses of the type built in the 1930s. These solutions enhance the thermal comfort and attractiveness of such homes.”

- 3rd Prize worth €1,000 awarded by Rabot Dutilleul to Pierre Montigny (Institut supérieur de Saint-Luc 2007) for the “Pilastre boisseau blanche” project.

“We propose a constructive system made up of prefabricated parts that are layered and fitted together to form a pilaster."

> To find out more about the competition and the projects, download the 4th Edition’s brochure



Anne-Laure Boursier, ethics project manager at Rabot Dutilleul, gives us a brief explanation of what lies behind the concept of “design”.

“At a time when Lille Metropole has been designated as World Design Capital 2020, it’s worth asking the question. Although ‘Design’ is an English word, it is etymologically derived from the Old French word ‘désigner’, which means to draw or to indicate. The word ‘de-sign’ signals a purpose, a goal. According to Stéphane Viard, the purpose of design is to work on producing an effect. Kenya Hara, the Artistic Director of the Muji retail company, adds that design seeks not to conceive things as they are but as they happen. Designers create customer experiences that brighten people’s lives and occur thanks to the renewal of our world’s significant shapes and uses/usages. Thus, design is not linked to any particular discipline. It is a blend of artistic, technical and societal ingredients. It draws on the social sciences as much as on the natural sciences or biology. It aims to create functional and attractive objects and environments that meet the requirements of industrial production. It should make it possible to improve all aspects of the human environment including products and a range of sensory atmospheres. According to the Lille-Design platform, design’s role is to make the world more liveable by transforming our experience of it.”




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