A unifying fold. Site Verrier cultural center by SO – IL and FREAKS

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SO-IL. Associated architects.- FREAKSPILA & LFA.
Design Team
Florian Idenburg, Jing Liu, Ilias Papageorgiou, Lucie Rebeyrol, Ian Ollivier, Seunghyun Kang, Pietro Pagliaro, Danny Duong, Antoine Vacheron.
Structural / MEP Engineer.- MHI.
Scenography.- dUCKS.
Cost Estimator.- MDETC. / VPEAS.
Acoustic.- Peutz.
6,500 square meter / 70,000 sqf.
Completion.- 2022.
Meisenthal, France.
Cultural center, visitor center, black box theater, art storage, offices, workshop areas, classrooms, cafe, restaurant.
Iwan Baan, David Foessel, Jean-Claude Kanny, Laurian Ghinitoiu.

Florian Idenburg, Jing Liu. SO-IL

Solid Objectives – Idenburg Liu (SO – IL) is an idea-driven design office founded by Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu in 2008, and is currently led together by Ilias Papageorgiou. With a global reach, it brings together extensive experience from the fields of architecture, academia and the arts. The firm has extensive recognition and prizes, including the Emerging Voices award from the Architectural League, the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program Award, and the AIA Young Architects Award. The office has received praise for many of its works including the design of the Frieze Art Fair New York, and for their largest building to date, the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at the University of California at Davis.

Florian Idenburg, principal. Florian Idenburg (1975, the Netherlands) holds an MSc. in Architecture from Delft University of Technology. Prior to founding SO–IL, Idenburg gained eight years of experience at the practice of Pritzker laureates Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA. Idenburg is a recognized voice in academia and has held teaching positions at Harvard, Columbia, Princeton and the University of Kentucky.

Jing Liu, M Arch, principal. A native of China, Jing Liu received her education in China, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States, concluding with a Master of Architecture from Tulane School of Architecture in New Orleans. Liu has been a faculty member at The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University since 2009, and advises the Master’s thesis at Parsons The New School of Design. In addition to her professional and academic pursuits, Liu serves on the board of the Van Alen Institute.

Ilias Papageorgiou, partner. He was born in Athens, Greece. He holds a Diploma in Architecture from Aristotle University in Greece, and a Master's in Architecture from Harvard University. Papageorgiou has been with SO–IL since its inception in 2008 and has played a key role in the firm’s recognition and success. He became a partner in 2013. Besides practising, Papageorgiou is a frequent lecturer and visiting critic at various universities and has taught design studios at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.

Sooran Kim,
associate, joined SO–IL in 2011 and relocated to Seoul to oversee the construction of the Kukje project. Sooran holds a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University.

Ted Baab, associate,  joined SO–IL in 2011. Ted holds a Master of Architecture from Harvard University.

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Yves Pasquet, Cyril Gauthier, Guillaume Aubry. FREAKS

FREAKS, freearchitects, is a Paris-based architecture firm led by three architects (Yves Pasquet, Cyril Gauthier, and Guillaume Aubry) favouring prospection, research and experimentation through projects and building process practices from small scale art installations to large scale architecture competitions. FREAKS freearchitects has been awarded the AJAP price from the French Ministry of Culture and Communication in 2010 and the 40under40 European price in 2016. Although nowadays their built projects are mostly located in France, FREAKS's partners have lived and experienced a wide range of abroad working contexts such as San Francisco, Tokyo, Beijing, Berlin, Mumbai, Singapore, and Istanbul.

Those sometimes chaotic urban surroundings drove them to integrate into their practice a rich and confident vocabulary of urban scenarios and architectural aesthetics.

The office is deeply involved in reacting toward the image of architecture/architect and their representations in a cynical and playful way. Less is more, more is more, less is not enough.

Yves Pasquet (1977) graduated in 2007 from ENSAPLV-Paris and studied at ENSA-Rennes, University of Tokyo and ENSAPLV-Paris. He worked at Sauerbruch-Hutton in Berlin, at Groupe 6, in Paris and at Log Architectes in Paris. He founded FREAKS freearchitects in 2007 and taught at ENSAP-Versailles.

Cyril Gauthier (1978) graduated in 2006 from ENSAPLV-Paris, studied at ENSA-Montpellier, CCA in San Francisco, TU in Berlin and ENSAPLV-Paris. He worked at Atela Architectes in Paris and at Atelier Seraji Architectes & Associés in Paris. He founded FREAKS freearchitects in 2007 and teached at ENSA-Lyon and ENSA-Marseille.

Guillaume Aubry (1982) graduated in 2007 from ENSAPLV-Paris and studied at ENSA-Lille, University of Tokyo, ENSAPLV-Paris, la Seine art post-diploma ENSBA-Paris, IHEAP post-diploma Paris. He worked at Tiantian Xu DNA in Beijing and uapS Anne Mie Depuydt & Erik Van Daele in Paris. He founded FREAKS freearchitects in 2007 and teaches at EBA-StBrieuc.



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