Forum Journal (Fall 2013): New Buildings in Historic Settings: Recent Conservation Experience in England


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This slideshow is enhanced content for the Fall 2013 Forum Journal (Study Abroad: Global Perspectives). Article: "New Buildings in Historic Settings: Recent Conservation Experience in England" by Steven W. Semes

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Forum Journal (Fall 2013): New Buildings in Historic Settings: Recent Conservation Experience in England

  1. 1. “New Buildings in Historic Settings: Recent Conservation Experience in England” by Steven W. Semes Enhanced Content: Slideshow
  2. 2. Hostry, Refectory, and Upper Cloister, Norwich Cathedral. Architect: Hopkins Architects, 2004-2009. To accommodate the functions of a new visitor center, surviving medieval masonry walls and archeological remains of the original cloister were retained and restored. Within the existing masonry fabric, contrasting and unmistakably modern elements were added in timber, metal, and glass. The former pilgrims’ hall now houses community and education rooms, exhibition area, and choir rehearsal space; the former refectory is once again a dining facility. The completed project was cited by the director of SPAB as an example of their “preferred treatment.” CREDIT: RICHARD DAVIES AND COURTESY HOPKINS ARCHITECTS
  3. 3. Interior view of refectory showing new and old construction. CREDIT: RICHARD DAVIES AND COURTESY HOPKINS ARCHITECTS
  4. 4. Richard Green Gallery, 33 New Bond Street, London. Architect: George Saumarez Smith of ADAM Architecture, 2011. This new building in the Mayfair Conservation Area replaces two unlisted structures on the site from the 19th and early 20th centuries, both of which had been compromised by previous remodeling. The local authority was ultimately convinced that constructing a new building, rather than restoring the older facades, would make the most positive contribution to the historic streetscape. Bolstering this decision was the high quality of the Portland stone facade and its sculptural reliefs by Alexander Stoddart. The project received the Georgian Group’s 2011 Giles Worsley Award for New Building in Georgian Context. CREDIT: MORLEY VON STERNBERG
  5. 5. Detail of sculptural decoration of the Richard Green Gallery. CREDIT: MORLEY VON STERNBERG
  6. 6. 264-267 Tottenham Court Road, London. Architect: Quinlan and Francis Terry, LLP., 2004-2009. The new 100-foot, nine-bay street facade features superimposed giant Ionic and Corinthian orders over a rusticated and arcaded ground floor, the whole “bookended” by more solid transitional bays. The developer and original architect insisted at first on a modernist scheme which was refused by officials; this decision was appealed but subsequently upheld. The firm was then engaged and its design was supported by the authorities and the Georgian Group, which bestowed on the project its award for New Building in the Classical Tradition in 2009. PHOTO COURTESY: QUINLAN AND FRANCIS TERRY ARCHITECTS
  7. 7. Full facade of 264-267 Tottenham Court Road. PHOTO COURTESY: QUINLAN AND FRANCIS TERRY ARCHITECTS
  8. 8. 198-202 Piccadilly, London. Architect: Robert Adam of ADAM Architecture, 2007. Adam’s firm was asked to design a new mixed-use building adjacent to the listed Simpson’s building, a modernist design of the early 1930s whose ribbon windows and bands of pale stone appeared in marked contrast to the neighboring eclectic Edwardian facades. The planning commission asked the developer to “preserve the original setting” of the structure; that is, they required a traditional new building to retain the original contrast between the modernist listed building and its traditional neighbors. While Adam’s design is not a pure exercise in any historical style, the massing, proportions, articulation, and ornamental details by classical sculptor Alexander Stoddart sustain the requested contrast with the Simpson’s building next door. The building received a commendation from The Georgian Group in 2008. CREDIT: MORLEY VON STERNBERG
  9. 9. Detail of sculptural decoration at 198-202 Piccadilly. CREDIT: MORLEY VON STERNBERG
  10. 10. Remodeling and Additions for a Private Residence, Kensington, London. Architect: Alireza Sagharchi of Stanhope Gate Architecture & Urban Design, 2013. An 1850s Italianate Villa in the Kensington conservation area was remodeled for a new residential owner. The architect removed the two secondary stair enclosures on the rear which were added in the 1930s and added a wing to complete the implied symmetry of the design, as well as a glazed loggia on the garden elevation. The proposed additions are in the same style as the historic building and intended to appear "seamless" with the original construction. Local conservation officers as well as English Heritage supported this approach, especially in view of the building's previous history of alteration. Approval was granted and the project is now under construction. Pictured here: Watercolor rendering of proposed remodeling CREDIT: STANHOPE GATE ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING
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