New Ideas for Old Buildings
With the rapid evolution of our lifestyles and the development of new technologies, it is important to find new ways where old and new elements of the built environment can be combined in a balanced way. However, the fusion of the old and the new in architecture can be controversial. Many people who like old buildings fear new designs. But often the contrast can lead to a greater appreciation of both the old and the new.
Development is inevitable and so we need to encourage design that is in harmony with the existing character and appearance of our old buildings. The degree of intervention that is appropriate will obviously differ depending on how significant the heritage elements may be.
When planning on work to heritage items certain principles (at a minimum) should be considered such as:
- Repair rather than replace in order to keep as much historic fabric as possible.
- If alterations must be made to significant building fabric, make them reversible.
- Make a visual distinction between old and new.
- New additions should generally not imitate the precise architectural detail of historic buildings.
- Ensure alterations are sympathetic to the existing building.
- Respect the ageing process.
- Respect previous alterations as these may contribute to the building’s significance. Emphasis should not be placed on one period of development over others, unless it is much more significant.
- Respect the buildings context and location
These examples may not be to everyone’s taste but we believe, in each case, the architect, in pursuit of design excellence, has retained the heritage significance of the property, combining modern design skills with a respect for the old.
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