When I saw Alex’s post earlier today it reminded me of an older project which also did a good job of giving new life to an old structure. Back in 2009, the folks at Haworth Tompkins took an old, rundown brick building on the site of the Aldeburgh Music campus and turned it into a contemporary space suitable for rehearsals, meetings, or even an exhibition space.
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 decay. The interior walls and ceiling of the space are lined with spruce plywood to create a timber ‘box’ within the Cor-ten shell.
I love seeing projects like this, a perfect fusion of the old and the new. It would have been a shame if the school wanted to tear the building down. It’s a shame when anyone wants to tear down a still functioning building, no matter the age. Clever re-invention of spaces like this one has so much character, and who doesn’t want interesting projects like these brightening their everyday life?
You can read and see more about this project on the Haworth Tompkins website by clicking here.