SO-IL wins competition to design the new Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at the University of California, Davis

May 1st, 2013 by

SO-IL, winning design for UC Davis Museum, courtesy of the architects

May 1, 2013

The new Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at the University of California, Davis, will be created by a team of architects and builders intent on redefining the university museum and fostering a new conversation in the arts. UC Davis today announced that it has selected an emerging New York-based design firm, SO – IL  to design the campus’s planned art museum, envisioned as a regional center of experimentation, participation and learning. The firm will work with team members Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, a prominent architectural firm with offices in San Francisco, Seattle and Pennsylvania, and contractor Whiting-Turner, a national construction firm with offices in Folsom and Pleasanton. The team was selected from a pool of three finalists following a five-month design competition with extensive involvement of students and others in the community.

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Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu of SO-IL Emerging Voices 2013 lecture for The Architectural League at Cooper Union – New York City

March 7th, 2013 by

SO-IL, Kukje Art Gallery, Seoul (South Korea), courtesy of the architects, photo credit: Iwan Baan

Thursday, March 7, 2013, 7pm

Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu will be presenting their work on Thursday, March 7th, as part of the The Architectural League of New York’s Emerging Voices 2013 lecture series, moderated by Annabelle Seldorf. SO – IL, the office of Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu, uses abstraction to digest the contextual and programmatic needs of a project, producing a refined response to site and function developed from iterative studies of form and information that “clarify the essence of an idea.” Recent projects of the New York City-based office include the Kukje Art Gallery in Seoul; the 2012 Frieze Art Fair tent in New York City; the Linked Community Center in Wulpen, the Netherlands; and, “Tri-colonnade,” an installation at the 2011 Shenzhen Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale in Shenzhen, China.

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Solid-Objectives – Idenburg Liu (SO-IL) program Stillspotting: Transhistoria for the Guggenheim Museum – Queens, NY

April 10th, 2012 by

Jackson Heights aerial photograph, 2011 © 2011 Iwan Baan. Courtesy Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

April 14–15, 21–22, and 28–29; May 5–6, 2012

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum presents the third edition of Stillspotting, an off-site exhibition series exploring stillness and quiet in the urban environment, with stories commissioned by authors, poets, and rappers affiliated with Queens. Stillspotting nyc is a two-year multidisciplinary project that takes the Guggenheim Museum’s programming out into the streets. Site-specific commissions in all five of New York City’s boroughs identify moments of urban quiet and respond to everyday issues of noise, anxiety, and stillness. For stillspotting nyc: queens, the third edition in the series, the architects at New York-based Solid Objectives – Idenburg Liu (SO – IL) address the encounters of life in the urban environment with Transhistoria, inviting visitors to neighborhood spaces in Jackson Heights, Queens, to listen to stories of migration, displacement, and finding home away from home. Transhistoria will be held at several sites around Jackson Heights for four weekends: April 14–15, 21–22, 28–29, and May 5–6, 2012. In two-hour self-guided tours, starting from the Jackson Heights–Roosevelt Ave transit hub, visitors will encounter four of these personal transhistories.

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Pole Dance by Solid Objectives – Idenburg Liu on view in the MoMA PS1 Courtyard – New York City

June 25th, 2010 by

Pole Dance, image courtesy PS1 and SO-IL

June 25 – September 6, 2010

The architectural firm Solid Objectives – Idenburg Liu (SO – IL), winner of the eleventh annual MoMA/MoMA PS1Young Architects Program, present a new urban landscape for the MoMA PS1 courtyard, Pole Dance, on view June 27 through September. Celebrating its eleventh year, the program continues its commitment to offering emerging architectural talent the opportunity to design and present innovative projects. After a successful first decade, the Young Architects Program now focuses on designs which address sustainability, recycling, and reuse. Pole Dance, will offer an interactive environment for the 2010 Warm Up music series beginning July 3.

Conceived as a participatory environment that reframes the conceptual relationship between humankind and structure, Pole Dance is an interconnected system of poles and bungees whose equilibrium is open to human action and environmental factors. Throughout the courtyard, groups of 25-foot-tall poles on 12 x 12-foot grids connected by bungee cords whose elasticity cause the poles to gently sway, create a steady ripple throughout the courtyard space. Each grid contains a number of playful activators, such as hammocks, pulls, misters, and rain collecting plants. An open net covering the entire scope of the grid system provides shelter and stabilize the movement of the poles, preventing them from exceeding a predetermined maximum pivot. A generous series of multi-colored balls move above the net offering mutable shade and the appearance of a communal game. Dropping down at two points, the net surrounds a pool and a sandpit.

Pole Dance, image courtesy PS1 and SO-IL

Pole Dance includes an audio device that measures the motion of eight of the fiberglass poles and converts it to sound, which is audible in the courtyard and streamed live in 3d on the MoMA PS1 website. In the passive state, movement is generated by wind moving the poles or net structure. As the audience begins to interact with elements of the structure by pushing, pulling, or shaking the poles or moving the balls or the net, modulated tones are generated, which have been specifically composed to blend with the sonic environment and bring harmony to the soundscape in and around MoMA PS1.

Pole Dance, image courtesy PS1 and SO-IL

About SO-IL
Combining a host of experience from the worlds of museum architecture, academia, corporate architecture, and the hospitality industry, SO – IL is a small studio with a global reach. Founders Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu set up their Brooklyn-based studio in 2007 to be a creative catalyst, involved at all scales and all stages of the architectural process to develop singular, beautiful and functional solutions.

SO – IL’s recent projects include a house for designer Ivan Chermayeff in upstate New York; a shell-shaped wedding chapel in Nanjing, China; a museum for contemporary art near The Hague; as well as a project space for Kukje Gallery in Seoul. They are one of five finalists in an international competition for architects under the age of 35 to design student housing in Athens, Greece.

MoMA / PS1

22-25 Jackson Ave at the intersection of 46th Ave
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Solid Objectives – Idenburg Liu selected as winner of 2010 MoMA/P.S.1 Young Architects Program – P.S.1, Long Island City, NY

January 22nd, 2010 by





The Urban Landscape Pole Dance, to open in June in the Courtyard of P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center NEW YORK,

January 22, 2010-The Museum of Modern Art and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center announce the winner of the 2010 MoMA/P.S.1 Young Architects Program: the architectural firm Solid Objectives – Idenburg Liu (SO – IL). Celebrating its eleventh year, the program continues its commitment to offering emerging architectural talent the opportunity to design and present innovative projects. After a successful first decade, the Young Architects Program will now focus on designs which address sustainability, recycling, and reuse. The five finalists selected by an invited nomination panel were asked to present designs for temporary urban landscapes that incorporate elements of shade, water, seating, and bar areas for the expansive courtyard entrance of P.S.1, within the allotted project budget of $85,000. SO – IL’s winning landscape, Pole Dance, will be on view in P.S.1′s outdoor courtyard starting in June, creating an interactive environment for the 2010 Warm Up summer music series.

Conceived as a participatory environment that reframes the conceptual relationship between humankind and structure, Pole Dance is an interconnected system of poles and bungees whose equilibrium is open to human action and environmental factors. Throughout the courtyard, groups of 25-foot-tall poles on 12 x 12-foot grids connected by bungee cords whose elasticity will cause the poles to gently sway, creating a steady ripple throughout the courtyard space. Each grid contains a number of playful activators, such as hammocks, pulls, misters, and rain collecting plants. An open net covering the entire scope of the grid system will provide shelter and stabilize the movement of the poles, preventing them from exceeding a predetermined maximum pivot. A generous series of multi-colored balls will move above the net offering mutable shade and the appearance of a communal game. Dropping down at two points, the net will surround a pool and a sandpit.

In addition to SO - IL (Brooklyn, New York), the other finalists for this year’s Young Architects Program were BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group (Copenhagen, Denmark), EASTON+COMBS (Brooklyn, New York), FREECELL (Brooklyn, New York), and William O’Brien Jr. (Cambridge, Massachusetts). An exhibition of the five finalists’ proposed projects will be on view at MoMA over the summer. It will be organized by Andres Lepik, Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art.

Barry Bergdoll, the Philip Johnson Chief Curator of the Department of Architecture and Design at MoMA, explains, Pole Dance is a brilliant – playful and sincere at once – response to our increasingly virtual world of social media and computer screen games. For a season, with simple materials and elegant engineering, the P.S.1 courtyard is converted into an occupiable game and social zone with many of the markers of the virtual world realized in elements that partake of the traditional playground or gym. Here the net is literal and physical, the space tangible, the encounters unprogrammable. Yet the system is dynamic and interactive and – in the spirit of this year’s call for a response to contemporary issues of sustainability – all the materials can be reused and redeployable.”

Klaus Biesenbach, P.S.1 Director and MoMA Chief Curator at Large, adds, “At first glance I thought that Pole Dance looked like the interior of a computer game, with the net hovering above the viewer like a screen. But then I realized it is a truly experiential, nearly adventurous landscape where the viewers can actively engage with the architecture and each other.”

P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center
22-25 Jackson Ave and 46th Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101
Tel.: 718-784-2084

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Future Archeology exhibition by Solid Objectives – Idenburg Liu at the LA Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, Los Angeles, CA

September 18th, 2009 by



September 18 – October 18, 2009

Future Archeology is the title of an exhibition of SO-IL’s (www.so-il.org) work held at the LA Forum for Architecture and Urban Design on Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles. The show features the studio’s recent projects shown in various ways in collaboration with a number of artists (Iwan Baan, Corinne van der Borch, Sean Capote, Paula Hayes). Through its theme it positions these in the larger context of our times. Society’s systematic relocation to the virtual has greatly affected a traditional sense of social space. Where in a pre-network culture, architecture shaped the social realm it now risks becoming the frictionless, temporary carrier of the virtual. This shift delaminates ‘value’ from the physical world, allowing it to flow and mutate freely, leaving behind millions of acres of boarded up homes, dead malls, rejected icons, shrinking towns and piles of expired ‘value-carriers’. In these fraught conditions we search for an architecture that can re-invigorate our sensibilities and offer constructive resistance that appropriates latent frictions rather than merely represent a new modernity in slick forms.

The exhibition is an exploration of an architecture with intrinsic value; one which shifts away from the flat qualities of the virtual – the graphic, the explicit, the sterile, the mechanic – toward the full characters of the tactile, the spatial, the sensorial and multi-valent. Through models, projections and collaborations with various artist and photographers the exhibition tries to convey an overall mood rather than a set of facts.

LA Forum for Architecture and Urban Design
6520 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
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