Thursday, January 27


Re-purposing old spaces can be a touchy issue in the architecture world. Do you preserve and replicate the original? Do you cover up the out-of-date with appropriate modern details? There are, undoubtedly, founded arguments for both sides. But why can't we have both? Here are two examples of what I think is the "right" solution. You get the sleek modern lines without masking any of the amazingly crafted and detailed historic design. And the contrast/struggle between the new and old is beautiful. voila!

A walk-in bookcase designed by Rintala Eggertsson Architects at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London as part of the current '1:1 - Architects Build Small Spaces' exhibition.

The Garden Museum in London retrofitted by Dow Jones Architects.

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