Clarence Street Loft

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Clarence Street Loft

  1. 1. CLARENCE STREET LOFT: A PRESERVATION LESSON IN RECONSTRUCTION AND REHABILATION UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE TOWN OF ST. GEORGE’S, BERMUDA THE LOFT THE PROJECT THE PROCESS THE REASON
  2. 2. CLARENCE STREET LOFT IS LOCATED IN THE UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE TOWN OF ST. GEORGE’S IN BERMUDA BETWEEN FEATHERBED ALLEY AND GOVERNOR’S ALLEY NEAR THE STELLA MARIS CATHOLIC CHURCH CLARENCE STREET LOFT ITS CURRENT INCARNATION IS RENTABLE ACCOMODATION FOR TOURISTS THE LOFT THE PROJECT THE PROCESS THE REASON
  3. 3. LOFT UPPER LEVEL LOFT GROUNDLEVEL THE LOFT THE PROJECT THE PROCESS THE 750 SF LOFT CONSISTS OF A FULL KITCHEN COMPLETE WITH DISHWASHER, FRIDGE, STOVE AND MICROWAVE, A LIVING/DINING ROOM SPACE, A LAUNDRY ROOM, A PRIVATE BATHROOM, TWO OUTDOOR GARDEN PATIOS, AND AN OPEN LOFT BEDROOM. THE REASON
  4. 4. NORTH ELEVATION SOUTH ELEVATION ONCE THE INTENT TO CREATE ACCOMODATION WAS DECIDED, IT WAS OBVIOUS THAT THE DESIGN WOULD HAVE TO INVOLVE EXPANDING THE BUILDING THE LOFT EAST ELEVATION WEST ELEVATION TO SHOW HOW MUCH THE STRUCTURE NEEDED TO GROW, THE BOXED AREA REPRESENTS THE EXISTING BUILDING THE PROJECT THE PROCESS THE REASON
  5. 5. TO ACHIEVE THE HEIGHT REQUIREMENTS AND MAXIMIZE THE VOLUME WITHIN THE SPACE, THE BUILDING WAS EXCAVATED AND EXTENDED. THE LOFT THE PROJECT THE PROCESS THE REASON
  6. 6. FOR YEARS, A DERELICT, OLD, VACANT BUILDING SAT IN THE MIDDLE OF FAMILY PROPERTY DEMOLISHING THE BUILDING WAS NOT AN OPTION, IT STILL HAD GOOD BONES POTENTIAL WAS RECOGNIZED BUT TWO PRESERVATION APPROACHES WOULD HAVE TO BE UNDERTAKEN IN ORDER TO MAKE THE BUILDING USEABLE THE LOFT THE PROJECT THE PROCESS THE REASON
  7. 7. WITH ARCHITECTURAL INTEGRITY STILL INTACT, THE PRESERVATION APPROACHES FOR THE LITTLE BUILDING WERE RESTORATION: RETURNING THE BUILDING TO ITS ORIGINAL CONDITION AT A SPECIFIC TIME PERIOD AND REHABILITATION: REPURPOSING THE BUILDING FOR ADAPTATIVE REUSE THE LOFT THE PROJECT THE PROCESS THE REASON
  8. 8. SOME DIGING (PHYISCAL AND ACADEMIC RESEARCH) REVEALED THAT LITTLE OLD STRUCTURE HAD BEEN THE CORRAL FOR A SMALL CHURCH THAT STOOD IN THE LOT IN THE MID 1800’S WHEN THE CONGREGATION SHRANK, THE CHURCH COULD NO LONGER AFFORD MAINTAINANCE AND UPKEEP THE LOFT THE PROJECT THE PROCESS THE REASON
  9. 9. DURING EXCAVATION, HISTORY WAS UNEARTHED IN ADDITION TO UNCOVERING ANIMAL BONES PROVING THE BUILDING HAD BEEN USED FOR ANIMAL HUSBANDRY, THE CORNERSTONES TO THE ORIGINAL CHURCH WERE ALSO REVEALED THE LOFT THE PROJECT THE PROCESS THE REASON
  10. 10. PRIOR TO CONSTRUCTION, IT IS WORTH MENTIONING THE CONDITION OF THE BUILDING WOULD HAVE DISCOURAGED SOME NATURE HAD OVERTAKEN THE WALLS AND WAS CONSUMING THE BUILDING THE FOUNDATIONS DID NOT MEET TODAY’S STANDARDS THE LOFT THE PROJECT THE PROCESS THE REASON
  11. 11. TO GIVE AN IDEA OF WHAT THE PROJECT WAS AND WHAT IT BECAME THE EXISTING BUILDING WAS UNRECOGNIZABLE BECAUSE PLANTS HAD OVERTAKEN IT THE GREEN DOOR WAS REINSTATED AS A SYMBOL OF THE ORIGINAL BUILDING AND A NOD TO THE PAST THE LOFT THE PROJECT THE PROCESS THE REASON
  12. 12. IMAGES SHOWING HOW EXTRA VOLUME WAS ACHIEVED IN THE EXCAVATION PROCESS BEFORE AND AFTER THE LOFT THE PROJECT THE PROCESS THE REASON
  13. 13. BEFORE AND AFTER IMAGES OF THE CONSTRUCTION PROCESS SHOWING THE CREATION OF THE LOFT SPACE THE LOFT THE PROJECT THE PROCESS THE REASON
  14. 14. BEFORE TRANSITIONING INTO AFTER DURING CONSTRUCTION WHEN THE TANK AND STAIRWAY, BATHROOM AND LAUNDRY WERE ADDED THE LOFT THE PROJECT THE PROCESS THE REASON
  15. 15. THE EXISTING BUILDING TRANSITIONING INTO THE NEWLY RESTORED AND REHABILITATED CLARENCE STREET LOFT THE LOFT THE PROJECT THE PROCESS THE REASON
  16. 16. ARCHITECTURAL PRESERVATION: COMPATIBLE CONTEXTUALISM PRESERVATION SPEAKS TO OUR HERITAGE AND IN HISTORIC NEIGHBOURHOODS, THE NEW DESIGN SHOULD BE SENSITIVE TO THE SURROUNDING STRUCTURES AND COMPATIBLE WITH THEM IN TERMS OF SIZE, SCALE, COLOUR, MATERIAL AND CHARACTER THE LOFT THE PROJECT THE PROCESS THE REASON
  17. 17. INDUSTRY PRESERVATION: TOURISM A SELF-CONTAINED UNIT COMPLETE WITH INTERNET, CABLE, AND A CELL PHONE, THAT SLEEPS FOUR, IS WALKING DISTANCE TO AMENTIES, BEACHES, GOLF, RESTAURANTS, GROCERY STORES, PARKS, MUSEUMS, SHOPS, PUBLIC TRANSIT, THE AIRPORT, AND IS PRIVATE YET IN THE CENTER OF A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE TOWN THE LOFT THE PROJECT THE PROCESS THE REASON
  18. 18. ECONOMIC PRESERVATION: BUSINESS CATALYST THE CLARENCE STREET LOFT NOT ONLY MEETS THE NEEDS OF TOURISTS DEMANDS, IT HAS BEEN A CATALYST FOR OTHER BERMUDA BUSINESSES: ON-LINE PROPERTY RENTALS, RESTAURANTS, TAXI SERVICES, CELL PHONE COMPANIES, MUSEUMS, SHOPS, AND GROCERY STORES THE LOFT THE PROJECT THE PROCESS THE REASON
  19. 19. PRESERVING CULTURAL HERITAGE: EDUCATIONAL LEGACY IN ADDITION TO BEING A HISTORICAL EXAMPLE FOR THE PUBLIC AND VISITORS, THE ENDEAVOUR PROVIDED THE OPPORTUNITY OF EXPLORATION AS A HISTORICAL TEACHING TOOL TO THE NEXT GENERATION OF BERMUDIANS THE LOFT THE PROJECT THE PROCESS THE REASON
  20. 20. CLARENCE STREET LOFT: A LESSON IN RECONSTRUCTION AND REHABILATION  THE LOFT THE END THE PROJECT  UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE TOWN OF ST. GEORGE’S, BERMUDA THE PROCESS THE REASON

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