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When the 250-year-old glass-making factory at the heart of Meisenthal, a village in Northeastern France, closed its doors in 1969, it didn’t stay empty for long. Local creatives soon moved in, claiming parts of the one-hectare complex — which had first risen to fame for its collaborations with art nouveau innovator Émile Gallé — for a mix of formal and informal uses. Before long, they had repurposed areas for a glass museum, a cultural space known to host the occasional rock concert, and the Centre International d’Art Verrier (CIAV), which is dedicated to promoting the region’s historic skills in France and abroad.

Site Verrier by SO–IL and FREAKS


Fast-forward to 2014, and the architects at New York’s SO – IL won a competition to unify these many disparate...

A Fluid, Undulating Surface Unifies Disparate Uses at Site Verrier

Heavy-hitters SO–IL and FREAKS team up to renovate the Site Verrier, bringing together a glass museum, a cultural space and the Centre International d’Art Verrier

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