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  3. SO – IL and FREAKS Win Competition to Modernize France's Site Verrier

SO – IL and FREAKS Win Competition to Modernize France's Site Verrier

SO – IL and FREAKS Win Competition to Modernize France's Site Verrier
SO – IL and FREAKS Win Competition to Modernize France's Site Verrier, Visitor Center. Image Courtesy of SO-IL
Visitor Center. Image Courtesy of SO-IL

SO-IL, in collaboration with FREAKS freearchitects, has been selected as the first-prize winner of a competition to reinvent the historic Site Verrier in France. Located in the Northern Vosges Natural Park, the updated plan addresses three elements of the site's industrial past while providing a dynamic space for cultural interaction and historic exploration of Site Verrier's glass factory days.

Visitor Center. Image Courtesy of SO-IL Model. Image Courtesy of SO-IL Gallery. Image Courtesy of SO-IL Public Space. Image Courtesy of SO-IL + 7

Gallery. Image Courtesy of SO-IL
Gallery. Image Courtesy of SO-IL

The site maintains three distinct identities: a glass museum which memorializes the area’s past function, the CIAV which houses an art center for both traditional and contemporary applications of glass works, and the Cadhame which presents a space for art installations and public gatherings. The new design seeks to form a connection and cohesive language between these separate identities while maintaining a central public space for spontaneous interaction. The inclusion of the public area reinforces the established historic layout while bringing more activity through it with a venue for performances, festivals, and markets.

Public Space. Image Courtesy of SO-IL
Public Space. Image Courtesy of SO-IL

Using the existing “tapestry” as a guide, all new functions respect the established site, meandering within its three regions. These include art storage areas, offices, workshop spaces, a café and restaurant, and a 500-seat theater that can be reconfigured to accommodate shifting demands. Through these means, the site is updated to better suit modern needs and broaden its function while allowing the space’s past to maintain a strong presence, creating a seamless dialogue between old and new.

Model. Image Courtesy of SO-IL
Model. Image Courtesy of SO-IL

Reflecting on the updated Site Verrier, SO – IL partner Ilias Papageorgiou remarked: “The design is inspired by the transformative process of glass making; a reinvention of the site into a new form born from its history and looking towards the future. At this new multidisciplinary center visitors will experience contemporary art events together with insights in the rich history of glass making.”

  • Competition

    Glass Art Center Competition
  • Award

    First prize
  • Project Name

    Site Verrier
  • Architects

  • Location

    Site Verrier
  • Design Team

    Florian Idenburg, Jing Liu, Ilias Papageorgiou, Lucie Rebeyrol, Seunghyun Kang, Antoine Vacheron, Pietro Pagliaro, Max Hart Nibbrig, Danny Duong
  • Collaborating Architects

  • Structural Engineer

    MHI
  • Scenography

  • Cost Estimator

    MDETC
  • Acoustics

    PEUTZ
  • Client

    Communauté de communes du Pays de Bitche
  • Area

    5000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015

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Holly Giermann
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Cite: Holly Giermann. "SO – IL and FREAKS Win Competition to Modernize France's Site Verrier" 24 Feb 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/601928/so-nil-il-and-freaks-win-competition-to-modernize-france-s-site-verrier/> ISSN 0719-8884