27 de maig del 2011

'adaptive reuse'

l'equip d'arquitectes britànics Henley Halebrown Rorrison (abans Buschow Henley) ha elaborat un interessant discurs sobre el que anomenen adaptive reuse que lliga amb el plantejament del curs i que es podria resumir amb aquesta frase:

el equipo de arquitectos británicos Henley Halebrown Rorrison (antes Buschow Henley) ha elaborado un interesante discurso sobre lo que denominan adaptive reuse que entronca con el planteamiento del curso y que podría resumirse con esta frase:

"The reuse of existing buildings is in itself a sustainable strategy in preserving the embodied energy of the existing fabric."

imatges de la intervenció a Shepherdess Walk, Londres, 1999

"The building is an 110,000 sqft [10,200 m2] 6-storey courtyard warehouse. The scheme combines residential (floors 1-4) with ground floor commercial units sold as 'shells' and basement parking. Units have been developed to coincide with the original party walls thereby retaining the original grain of the building.

The most obvious transformations, however, concern the courtyard and roof. The courtyard sets this building apart. Modified by new steelwork structures which support and frame one's experience of the building, the courtyard is both a lung and the centre of gravity. The idea of framing views recurs throughout the building: in the lift tower (a series of glazed steel frame), on the decks, and in the rooftop pavilions. The planners supported the idea of replacing the existing skylights with a series of detached rooftop pavilions. Each of the thirteen upper apartments are provided with a pavilion and rooftop garden conjuring up a garden suburb in the heart of the city.

The new construction uses known efficiencies – standard steel sections, used in conjunction with a palette of Iroko, zinc and glass providing warmth, enclosure and transparency respectively. Gradually the warm timber and bright zinc have weathered and subdued.

This project has been short-listed for numerous awards and was the recipient of an RIBA Award for Architecture in 2000. It is recognized as a model for the refurbishment of warehouse-type buildings. It is published in Bauwelt (30 Oct 1998), a+t (1999), Architects Journal (24 June 1999), Quaderns (2000), Architectural Review (Jan 2001) and Princeton Press's Materiality By Design."


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