renovating an historic glass museum in meisenthal
New York-based SO – IL and Parisian studio FREAKS full the Site Verrier cultural middle in Meisenthal, France. The publicly funded venture stands because the renovation and extension of an historic glass manufacturing unit which dates again to the 18th century, hidden among the many postcard landscapes of northern Vosges Natural Park.
Designed in collaboration with FREAKS freearchitects, PILA & LFA, the venture hosts three impartial establishments. The glass museum (Musée du Verre et du Cristal) stands as a dwelling reminiscence tracing the historical past of glass on the website. The CIAV (Centre International d’Art Verrier) introduces a global glass artwork middle the place conventional craftsmanship meets modern practices. The Cadhame (Halle Verrière) is a multidisciplinary cultural house internet hosting artwork installations, happenings and live shows.
The concrete intervention by SO – IL unifies the three packages to outline a recent id that celebrates its industrial heritage. See designboom’s earlier protection together with building photos right here.
photos © Jean-Claude Kanny
the sculptural rooftop by so – il and freaks
The collaborative staff from SO – IL (see extra right here) and FREAKS (see extra right here) sculpts the Site Verrier with an undulating poured-in-place concrete floor, recalling its historical past of glass manufacturing because it unites the buildings. Designed along with PILA & LFA, this floor features as roof, ceiling, and wall, uniting the bottom ranges of the three establishments to border a public plaza. Secondary packages are sensitively launched above and beneath this floor, together with workplaces, workshop areas, a restaurant, and restaurant.
the ‘site verrier’ intervention
With its Site Verrier intervention, SO – IL reimagines and extends the features of the present buildings. The manufacturing unit corridor is opened up with a brand new entrance on a beforehand unused basement degree. A 500-seat black field theater might be reconfigured with standing room for 700 or opened right into a live performance corridor for 3,000. The new public house heightens civic consciousness of the historic website whereas introducing a extremely versatile venue for out of doors theater, live shows, and seasonal occasions.