UC Davis Selects SO-IL to Design New Art Museum

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UPDATE: SO-IL has broken ground on UC Davis’ new campus art museum. Completion is slated for 2016. 

The University of California, Davis has selected emerging New York-based practice SO-IL to design a new campus’ art museum, which is envisioned to be a “regional center of experimentation, participation and learning.” SO-IL, selected from three finalists following an intensive five-month design competition, will collaborate with San Francisco-based Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and national construction firm Whiting-Turner to complete the project.

UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi believes the winning design has turned the traditional notion of museum design inside out, as SO-IL’s concept will engage visitors with a sequence of interconnected interior and exterior spaces that are defined by curved glass walls and capped with a 50,000 square foot steel canopy. At night, the “Grand Canopy” will illuminate from within, establishing a new focal point for the campus and beckoning drivers along Interstate 80 between San Francisco and Lake Tahoe.

SO-IL Shortlisted to Design Arnhem’s ArtA Cultural Center

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New York-based SO-IL, together with Architectuurstudio HH (AHH) and ABT, has unveiled details of their shortlisted design for Arnhem’s highly-anticipated ArtA cultural center. One of four shortlisted proposals, SO-IL’s “energy-neutral” building aims to serve as a transformative link that connects the inner city to the Rhine River. “Generous and flexible programmatic volumes,” which were shaped by the surrounding context, are designed “support the production and experience of culture, as well as create a place for reflection and wonder – a transportive experience.”

BIG, Kengo Kuma Among Four Visions Unveiled for ARTA Cultural Center in Arnhem

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Four international teams have unveiled their shortlisted proposals in the final leg of a highly anticipated competition to design a new “cultural hotspot” on the edge of the Rhine. ArtA, the “catchy” new name of what was previously known as “The Arts Cluster,” is part of a larger redevelopment project for the City of which aims to reconnect the southern district of Rijnboog with its waterfront and establish a new home for the Focus Film Theatre and Museum

A sneak peak of the shortlisted proposals, after the break…

Impressive Shortlist to Compete for “The Arts Cluster” of Arnhem

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UPDATE: OMA has reportedly withdrawn from the competition. 

The city of Arnhem, the Netherlands, has revealed an impressive shortlist of five firms who will compete to design a new cultural building for the city, The Arts Cluster, which will combine the Museum Arnhem and Focus Filmtheater Arnhem. 

The five firms selected from 44 entries are: Architecture Studio HH with SO-IL (United States); ABT with the Bjarke Ingels Group (, Denmark) with Allard ArchitectureKengo Kuma & Associates(Japan); NL Architects; and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA).

Architectural League Announces 2013 Winners of Emerging Voices Award

Kukje Art Gallery, Seoul (South Korea) / SO-IL, credit: Iwan Baan

Emerging Voices is an award developed by the Architecture League of that annually selects eight practitioners in a juried portfolio selection.  Award recipients are selected from the disciplines of architecture, landscape design and urbanism and display the sensibility of the profession in light of the larger issues related to the built environment.  This year’s selection includes: SO-ILPRODUCTORAOgrydziak Prillinger ArchitectsMASS Design Groupgraciastudio , dland studioDIGSAU, and cao | perrot Studio.

Details after the break. 

WorkAC, SO – IL, and Henning Larsen Architects To Compete For UC Davis Art Museum

Viborg Town Hall, by Henning Larsen Architects, one of 4 architectural firms competing to design ’ next Art Museum. © Thorbjoern Hansen Kontraframe

The University of California Davis (UCD) has selected three pairings of architects and contractors to compete to design a $30-million art museum, expected to be completed in 2016. The university has decided against a traditional competition in favor of a design-build competition, requesting that each of the prospective architects - WorkACSO-IL (working with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, of Apple store fame), and Henning Larsen Architects - work with specific contractors in order to develop holistically conceived museum schemes. More information after the break.

Logan Offices / SO-IL

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Architects: SO-IL - Florian Idenburg, Jing Liu, Ilias Papageorgiou
Location: New York, NY, USA
Client: Logan
Team: Florian Idenburg, Jing Liu, Ilias Papageorgiou (Assoc. Principal- in Charge) as well as Danny Duong and Nicole Passarella
Area: 6,500 sqm
Completion: 2012
Photographs: Iwan Baan, Naho Kubota

 

Kukje Gallery / SO-IL

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Architects: SO-IL
Location: Seoul, South Korea
Design Team: Florian Idenburg (partner), Jing Liu (partner), Iannis Kandyliaris, Cheon-Kang Park, Sooran Kim
Architect Of Record: Jong Ga Architects
Total Floor Area: 1,260 sqm
Site Area: 800 sqm
Photographs: Iwan Baan

Frieze Art Fair / SO-IL

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Architects: SO – IL
Location: New York,
Client: Frieze Art Fair
Area: 20,900 sqm / 225,000 sf
Completion: May 2012
Photographs: Iwan Baan

Tri-Colonnade / SO-IL / Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale

Check out this great video by SO-IL about their spatial facade for the Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale.  Referencing the 1980 Venice Bienale where 20 architects collaboratively designed a “facade” that challenged the notions of an individual and collective expression, SO-IL has taken a similar approach for their 2011 work.  The firm, no doubt, is used to challenging the accepted norms of architects and architecture – case in point, their Pole Dance for MoMA PS1 - and this Biennale proposal marks a distinction between the facade as a flat symbolic representation, and the use of the facade to actually become a spatial and experiential element. “It is high time to revisit this canonical exhibition of post-modernism. 40 years after our predecessors expanded the territory of the architectural discipline into the experience of time, we continue to believe that growth and innovation are limitless if a new territory of spatiality can be defined,” says Jing Liu of when reflecting on the intention this installation.  With ’s prismatic paneled “colonnade” of marble tiles backed with mirrors, visitors can experience a changing depth of the installation and discover new spaces while wandering through it.

In Progress: Kukje Art Center / SO-IL

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Architects: SO-IL
Location: ,
Client: Kukje Gallery
Project Area: 1,500 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of SO-IL

‘Meissen | SO – IL’: 18th-Century porcelain in contemporary architecture

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In the Netherlands, Meissen porcelain is often regarded as ‘high-class kitsch’. Its sumptuous, often narrative style of decoration puts it at odds with the minimalistic and conceptual traditions of Modernism. Solid Objectives – Idenburg Liu (SO – IL) was commissioned by Kunsthal KAdE to design an ideal contemporary three-dimensional setting in which to present the porcelain such that it would challenge this prejudice and focus attention on the great sculptural, artistic and technical strengths of Meissen. In response, SO – IL has designed 32 modern, geometrically shaped showcases in bright colors and with ‘pointed tops’. These showcases not only serve the Meissen objects also autonomous in character.

More images by Iwan Baan and information after the break.

Video: Pole Dance / SO-IL

Here is a short clip from SO-IL about their P.S.1 installation in motion.  Pole Dance was the 2010 P.S.1 Competition winner, and ArchDaily visited the installation and interviewed the Brooklyn based firm.  We featured the video interview with SO-IL last month, take a look.

AD Interviews: SO-IL, Solid Objectives Idenburg Liu

During this summer SO-IL (Solid Objectives Idenburg Liu) took the stage.

First, the Brooklyn based firm won the P.S.1 Competition for this summer with Pole Dance, an interactive performing installation. Then a few weeks after we presented you Flockr, the main pavilion for the Get It Louder festival in Beijing.

We had the chance to meet and interview principals Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu at P.S.1 while was open. The interview went great. I highly recommend that you check out their response to our question regarding their experience starting and running a firm, just during the financial crisis.

The firm is currently involved in interesting projects abroad, which we look forward in featuring here at ArchDaily in the future.

Please find the rest of the interview below:

Flockr Pavilion / SO-IL

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Get It Louder, an acclaimed biannual media and arts festival sponsored by Modern Media of China, features a series of , screenings and exhibitions by over one hundred Chinese and foreign designers, artists, writers and filmmakers. Organized by an international team including Chinese curator and writer Ou Ning and design writer Aric Chen, this year’s theme “SHARISM” focuses on the relationship between public and private realms in the digital age. SO-IL was commissioned to design Get It Louder’s main , which serves as a central hub for the event and houses many of the festival’s activities.

Update: Pole Dance Video / Yellow Line Pictures

Check out this video we found by Yellow Line Pictures and the 2010 MoMA/MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program.  We’ve been documenting SO-IL’s  Pole Dance quite extensively and we feel that this video is a good addition to our coverage.  We hope the film’s fun take on demonstrating how to use the project will make you even more excited to visit the PS1 schoolyard if you find yourself in the area.   What do you think of the noise making poles?  And, how about the fact that the project can be affected by an iPhone app ?

Update: Pole Dance / SO-IL, by Iwan Baan

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We are sure that SO-IL‘s PS1 installation, Pole Dance, will be a hit this summer.  On Friday we had a preview by Alan R Tansey and today, we found at Iwan Baan’s website another view on the installation.  We hope you’ll be able to visit the project in person sometime.

Complete photoset at Iwan’s website, some photos after the break:

Pole Dance Preview / SO-IL

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Even though these hot months can be a bit stifling, we’re excited because the summer means that the PS1 installation by SO-IL (catch our coverage of the winning proposal here) is almost ready for the public!  Upon watching ’s competition entry video,  we are patiently waiting to experience the physical manifestation of the ’s conceptual ideas about making space.  While you can expect full coverage of the project, thanks to our reader, Alan R Tansey, we can share a sneak peak of the Pole Dance installation with you today.  Enjoy!

More images after the break.