Don't we say that a vocation, moreover artistic, is acquired from an early age? There are no shortage of examples and this definition is also very correct for the architect Thomas Vidalenc.
Child, to the wooden construction games, he prefers that of the buildings or edifices which surround him and he likes to guess their stories, their times, their stigmata.
A few years later, his favorite pastime will be to enter these places, the architecture that is revealed there then appearing as the metaphor of a book: his journey is a reading, each layer forming a new chapter. His passion also leads him to visit construction sites, a source of new adventures and discoveries, which allows him to undertake, simply for his personal pleasure, new historical, geographical and architectural research.
He therefore naturally began training in this field, punctuating his studies with internships and collaborations in prestigious architecture firms around the world - notably at Rena Dumas Architecture Intérieurs (RDAI) in Paris or even Pei Partnership Architects in New- York.
Bucharest, a city with a complex architecture, will play a decisive role in its course. He will study the smallest details and nooks and crannies, to make it his diploma subject on the study of the city and the design of a history museum.
Graduated as an architect in 2002, he instantly created his agency Vidalenc Architects.
He has a unique approach to each project entrusted to him: he will endeavor to understand the history of a site, of a building, to reconstruct the original spaces, to detect the slightest defects, and then to determine them. his value.
In short, he will try to discover the whole truth about the place in question so that it is no longer any secret for him. Once, the studies and diagnosis completed, Thomas Vidalenc is ready to design and propose a realization in complete freedom.
He has worked on many occasions in old buildings and his services have usually had a dual approach: a historical reconstruction and the creation of contemporary spaces, these two approaches complementing each other.
Over the years, he has had the opportunity to devote himself to projects that are very different from each other, due to their geographical locations (by the sea or around a lake, in the mountains, in the middle of the forest or more urban, in Moscow or Paris) or with significant historical potential.
This is the case, in particular, of the Hôtel de Sers, a private mansion from the second half of the 29th century, not far from the Champs Élysées, whose restructuring and interior fittings were entrusted to it at just XNUMX years old.
This large-scale achievement - more than 4000m2 - has regained, under the design of Thomas Vidalenc, its original identity, based on respect for the memory of the place.
He knew how to preserve and rigorously restore the original elements while privileging the quality of the volumes, by constituting a fluid and harmonious course in all the space.
This has enabled Thomas Vidalenc and his team to acquire national and international renown, opening the doors to many projects in the hotel industry, collective or individual housing, catering and even the tertiary sector.
Since its creation, the Vidalenc Architectes agency has tackled more than 200 projects, carried out simultaneously by a team of architects and interior designers whose memory and history of the site are therefore the basis of the work of reflection.
Recently, in addition to numerous residential projects, Thomas Vidalenc has invested in the restructuring or rehabilitation of Parisian public establishments which have been highly acclaimed such as the Hôtel le Ballu near the Place Blanche, the Maison du Danemark including the restaurants Flora Danica and Copenhagen on the Avenue des Champs Elysées and the Hotel Richepanse near the Place de la Madeleine.
Today, Thomas Vidalenc is particularly fond of being able to work on operations of public buildings, in particular hotels, where we move from public spaces, representation, to more intimate living spaces. Private buildings are also gaining enthusiasm, seeking, through them, to perpetuate constructions and renovations for years to come.
To learn more, visit the site of Vidalenc Architects.