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Work trip to Oxford- dissertation photos

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I went back to my home town of Oxford for a trip with Marsh grochowski architects.  Here are some photos of buildings relevant to my dissertation.

oxfordoldnew This picture of the new Oxford Castle ‘unlocked’ gift shop. The ceiling is the wooden slats and the original wall is the stone work. The way the two contrasting materials seem not to touch shows a consideration for the preservation for the original stone, as well as creating a floating ceiling effect

oxfordoldnew (14)The view from the glass ceiling of the gidt shop to the main part of the castle. This is one of the most successful glass ceiling i’ve seen in the flesh, the look of delicacy to it from the uninterrupted glass is perfect to look up at the castle wall.

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The exterior of the  gift shop as it attaches itself to the original wall. the glue in-between suggests no damage was made to the stonework.

oxfordoldnew (12)Another section of the glass roof in the gift shop as it meets the original wall. You can see that bits of the wall had to be taken out to insert the supporting glass, but the new stone has been matched as closely as possible to the existing, lime render was most probably.

oxfordoldnew (11)The front of the gift. It works well in the existing space between the two walls linking them together.

oxfordoldnew (10)The new building that houses the restaurants in the castle development attaches itself to the old through a point which looks like it was built for the specific purpose. It is comon for new additions to attach to the old via a small walkway, to create a link without being too obtrusive.

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The glass ceiling doesnt interup the view of the old wall, although you can see some original stone is sacrificed to insert the supports into the wall

oxfordoldnew (7)A building next to the castle, here an older extensions inserts into a historic building, although in need of a clean, it is still aesthetically pleasing, although is is obviously trying to mimick certain aspects of the existing building to blend in.

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Another glass ceiling, but this one less successful than the first. The big steels interupt the flow, and this one collects dirt and debris.

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This is the inside of the new extension to the natural history and pitt rivers museum. I couldn’t get to see most of it as the new gallery isn’t open yet. Bit the idea of the new staircase fitting inside the existing rather than inserted through it gives it an uninterupted feel.  Shame about the big steel column though.

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This is a picture of the outside of the pitt rivers/ natural history museum addition which is more of an insertion creating a join between the two buildings. This paticular example is very understated, simple but effective, in a practical but not nessessarily exciting way.

oxfordoldnew (4) Another view of the glas roof  from the 10th picture.

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August 12, 2009 at 9:09 pm

Another Dissertation Example

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Just another example of my old and new theme for my dissertation.

hearsttower

The original building was designed by architect Joseph urban and was completed in 1928. the addition was competed in 2000 by Sir Norman Foster and is situated in New York.

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March 11, 2009 at 12:51 pm

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Examples for dissertation

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Some more examples for my dissertation… not much analysis here just logging of pictures really.

Wohlfahrt-Laymann House

Architect:  Meixner Schluter Wendt

 Keeping the original frontage to keep the appearance of the traditional building

Keeping the original frontage to keep the appearance of the traditional building

The elevation shows that there have been some changes to the building but it is not intrusive.

The elevation shows that there have been some changes to the building but it is not intrusive.

Showing the original exterior of the house, painted white to match the new interior of the extension, but it is deliberatly still on show

Showing the original exterior of the house, painted white to match the new interior of the extension, but it is deliberatly still on show

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Expansion and renovation of The Morgan Library

Architect: Renzo Piano

The Original exterior and the new addition stand together, with a similar shape and height.

The Original exterior and the new addition stand together, with a similar shape and height.

The new addition.

The new addition.

here you can see how the two buildings are joined toegther, creating an atrium space.

here you can see how the two buildings are joined toegther, creating an atrium space.

Reichtag

Architect: Norman Foster

The done addition sits on top of the historcial part of the building. This is very unusual as most historic buildings ar'nt built to take extra load, so the building must have been reinforced in some way.

The dome addition sits on top of the historcial part of the building. This is very unusual as most historic buildings are not built to take extra load, but as the original building is so vast and solidly built and the addition is small and made from lightweight material was possible in this instance.

Interior-addition

Public Library, Landau, Germany

Architect: Lamott Architekten

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Library Interior

Quote from the architect :

“the point of whhic former outer wall has been perforated are rendered as wounds.”

ZKM Centre forArt and Media Technology, Germany

Architect:  Schweger and Partner

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Theatre Bethune, France

Architect: Manuelle Gautrand

The red of the new addition reflects the theatre as the historic part of the building is a 1930's cinema. This is a rare isntance where the buildings function stays almost the same

The red of the new addition reflects the theatre as the historic part of the building is a 1930's cinema. This is a rare isntance where the buildings function stays almost the same

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February 21, 2009 at 8:19 pm

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Dissertation Musings

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Thinking about my dissertation I have realised I need to look into the interior aspect of my theme further. I want to look at modern/contemporary interiors in old buildings and how the balance is used. I also want to look at the conjunctions between new and old materials to see what stance is taken in that paticular building.  For example, whether the new materials such as steel have been drilled straight into the old brick walls.

However finding examples of Modern Interiors within old buildings, especially examples that create a combination of the two have been suprisingly difficult, still i have found a few, most of them seem to be hotels…. and of course the place ive known about since I arrived in Nottingham, The Pitcher And Piano which is a bar inside a church is also included in my examples.

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Just a general example of the sort of thing i want to look into, mainly through the ideas of a change of use of the building leading to a contemporary interior rather than a simpe restoration.

carmelite-monasteryThe historic window shape is in contrast to the lighting and furniture. This is part of the Carmeilite monastry which was redesigned internally.

cowley-manorContemporary lighting attached to a historic staircase creates a perfect contast for an upmarket hotel lobby (Cowley Hotel)

patrick-jouin- Guilt restaurantThis example is by far the most appropriate for what im trying to find. This bar and restaurant in New York, by Patrick Jouin.  It’s almost an installation piece, and its a brilliant example of very contemporary next to a instantly recognisable historic interior.

pitcher-pianoThe pitcher and piano Nottingham. I persoanlly love this interior, and i do have my own  photos of certain details, but unfortunatly I didnt back them up to my hard drive I will have to wait until my laptops’ fixed. The way the contemporary addittions are placed inbetween the existing is very well thought out, and the change of use of the building meaning new floors are inserted into the space, cleverly without ruining the double height aspect of the main section of the church.

In conclusion, the way I see the contemporary/historical interior is not that of ruining a historically important building, rather enhancing the remaining features by contrasting it, and creating a space usable in todays society rather than trying to hard to keep a building within a time period that no longer exists, and hiding original features with reproduction pieces. I guess you can say this is what im exploring within my whole dissertation, but the interior side is a different but very important aspect of it.

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February 21, 2009 at 3:47 pm

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Dissertation Subject Examples

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So with the subject of new additions to older buildings i have  found some interesting examples that i would like to explore further in my dissertation.

Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto

 Royal Ontario-museum

The Jewish Museum, Berlin

Although these builidngs are not actually conjoined I still think it is an interesting example of old and new as a contast. The use of each building could also be something to research into further.

The Jewish Museum, Berlin

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February 9, 2009 at 5:40 pm

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My Dissertation Title

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For my dissertation I have finally decided on the title,

“An investigation into the relationship between historic architecture and current contemporary interventions. Are these bold statements more ‘sympathetic’ than additions seeking to mimick the original style of the existing building? “

I moved on very early on from wanting to base my dissertation on Gaudi to this more complex idea. It is a personal interest of mine, which should therefore help keep my interest.

I went through a few similar titles  before i found the right wording for it

“Should historical buildings be restored sympathetically or are ultra contemporary additions the best way to enhance the exsisting.”

“Will contemporary additions to historical buildings remain as as timeless as the original structure?”

“Is the relationship between historical buildings and recent contemporary additions sucessful?”

I feel these titles were either to precise and we’rnt open to enough interpretation and investigation, or were to broad to concentrate a clear opinion.

I already know of some examples of the sort of adition i will be looking into the most well known example beign the contraversial extention of the Tate Modern builidng. Considering the building has alrewady been converted for Modern purposes and its use changed entirely i think this will be an interesting example.

The Tate modern addition

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February 9, 2009 at 5:21 pm

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