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Paris-based architecture firms Freaks Freearchitects, in association with New York–based firm SO-IL, won a competition to reenvision the Site Verrier in Meisenthal, France, a village known for its premier glassmaking—most notably Christmas decorations—since the 18th century.

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The site, located in the country’s Lorraine region, consists of three entities: a museum (Musee du verre de Meisenthal) opened in 1983, which focuses on the site’s rich history in glass; an international glass art center, opened in 1992, where age-old craftsmanship is still respected; and the Cadhame, opened in 1996, which is a large warehouse space that hosts events throughout the year and can hold more than 3,000 people.

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The redesign aims to bring Meisenthal’s cultural relevance back to where it stood in past centuries, with adaptable spaces to host a multitude of events, both indoors and outdoors, such as theaters and a Christmas market. Harnessing the site’s historical significance as a backdrop, the firms are hoping a new architectural dialogue will in turn cultivate a fresh identity.

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