Old Buildings New Designs by Charles Bloszies

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More and more, architects are employed to layout new paintings for present constructions. no matter if for purposes of protection, sustainability, or cost-effectiveness, the move to reuse structures offers a number of layout demanding situations and possibilities. previous constructions, New Designs is an structure short dedicated to operating inside of a given architectural textile from the technical concerns that come up from getting older building to the debate generated by means of a number of the venture stakeholders to the original aesthetic probabilities created throughout the juxtaposition of outdated and new.

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Most major renovation projects include removal and replacement of structural components, which generally results in the need to Project Execution 57 shore the remaining elements temporarily. Vertical additions will require new supporting structure threaded through the existing structural system or bearing on existing structural elements. In conversions of industrial buildings to lighter uses, the columns, walls, and foundation system may have enough reserve strength to permit adding a few stories without strengthening the elements below.

The most famous (and clear) representation of Viollet-le-Duc’s design approach is in Carcassonne, France, where he embellished a crumbling medieval city with new gate towers that had never before existed, but which imitate the style of the surrounding architecture. The resulting composition is an inaccurate, romantic expression of the past. Without special knowledge of medieval history, it is impossible to perceive this architectural anachronism. Whereas Viollet-le-Duc maintained that new indistinguishable from old is a valid design proposiMimicking the style of the tion, Ruskin argued that it is impossible to restore surrounding architecture, Viollet- old work faithfully.

This may explain why the architects who designed the selected projects were able to take more risks when combining new with old. In all of the studies, the Case Studies 63 existing structures were cleaned and repaired, and in some instances restored. Care was taken to perform this work in ways that did not compromise the integrity of the building’s fabric, even when only portions of the original structure were retained. This chapter is organized into four categories: small interventions, major additions, repurposed buildings, and none of the above.

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