New York-based SO-IL and Paris-based studio Freaks have designed a modern piazza that links the museum complex
< span class="article-info__item" data-v-7b268268>May 13, 2022
New York-based SO-IL and Paris-based studio Freaks have completed the renovation and expansion of an 18th-century glassworks that has housed the Meisenthal Glass Museum since 1978 and the International Glass Art Center since 1992. After the last restructuring, the center has somewhat changed its function – now exhibitions and events will be held there. The architects faced a difficult task: to combine two historical buildings into a common complex. They solved it by designing a new concrete square between them. /05/19e535c050830b168c0c096353f37266.jpg” width=”728″ height=”485″ class=”lazy-image__image _align-center” data-v-64ca9b5a=”1″ alt=”Multifunctional concrete square in the museum complex” />
The square is a multi-tiered public space that attracts attention with its curves. In addition to the concrete structure, the architects designed administrative buildings that surrounded the old brick chimney. And on the site of the former factory floor, the team created a performance hall, which is located right among the glass furnaces under a steel roof. “We tried to use subtle touches so as not to conflict with the already existing aesthetics of the factory building,” add the authors of the project.