EOC collaborates on two winning projects at Reinventing Cities

Eckersley O’Callaghan has collaborated with Jakob + MacFarlane Architects on two winning projects for the Reinventing Cities competition.

Initiated by the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, Reinventing Cities is a global competition to drive carbon neutral and resilient urban regeneration. Fourteen participating cities identified 31 underutilised spaces to redevelop, including empty plots and abandoned buildings. Design teams were then invited to compete for the opportunity to transform these sites into new beacons of sustainability and resiliency.

Eckersley O’Callaghan’s Paris office provided structural design for winning projects in Paris and Reykjavik.


Odyssee Pleyel, Paris

The project involves a zero-carbon retrofit of an abandoned industrial building, with the addition of a modular timber new-build element. The building would be used for a range of purposes. Science workshops for young people will aim to stimulate interest in new careers in green industries and the environment. In the innovation studio, start-ups, industrial partners and NGOs will test and share their solutions for clean energy, climate change and sustainable urban development. The great hall hosts eco-friendly sport and cultural events together with ambitious art programs. A socially inclusive restaurant will provide a welcoming environment for people to meet.


Lifandi Landslag, Reykjavik

In Reykjavik, this new zero-carbon mixed use building will be the largest wooden building in Iceland. The ‘O’ shaped building encircles a landscaped core of local plants and rocks to support a rich indigenous ecosystem. The reduction of the carbon footprint has been considered at each phase of the project’s life. For example, during the construction phase the team commits to avoid diesel machinery by exploring novel ways of fossil fuel free machinery running on electricity. Constructed on a brownfield site, re-vegetation is key to this project. Green space will cover 75% of the site, including green roofs and a large central garden.