12 Apr '12, 1pm

Prefab and Preservation, Together At Last at Dovecote Studios

Prefab and Preservation, Together At Last at Dovecote Studios

© Philip Vile, Haworth Tompkins Activists in historic preservation often are asked "when is a building too far gone to save?" British architects Haworth Tompkins demonstrate that when there is a will, the answer is never. At Aldeburgh Music’s ‘creative campus’ is based at Snape Maltings in Suffolk, Archdaily describes how "Nestled within the shell of an abandoned building, the firm responded to the existing conditions with a touch of sensitivity, uniting the old structure with the new aesthetic. © Philip Vile, Haworth Tompkins They didn't have much to start with. The architects write: Only the minimum necessary brickwork repairs were carried out to stabilise the existing ruin prior to the new structure being inserted. Decaying existing windows were left alone and vegetation growing over the dovecote was protected to allow it to continue a natural process of ageing and deca...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/green-architecture/prefab-and-p...

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