As a former filmmaker, the author Marc Kristal is a pure storyteller, which enlivens his 18 case research about including up to date additions to previous homes. The examples, 11 in the US and seven in the UK, vary from rustic cottages corresponding to a stone damage from the 1700s, on an island off Scotland, to fashionable classics corresponding to a Los Angeles home designed in 1947 by Raphael Soriano for architectural photographer Julius Shulman. In every, Kristal traces how up to date architects had been capable of weave collectively conventional and fashionable buildings.
Kristal cites the Italian architect Carlo Scarpa as his inspiration for learning adaptive reuse of historic buildings due to Scarpa’s “clearly drawn distinctions between previous and new.” Scarpa’s publicity of a construction’s layers for clues to its historical past and his introduction of elegantly designed architectural objects that make investments areas with delicate element are in step with the approaches on these pages.
One of many guide’s most profitable examples is Ten Broeck, a modest 19th-century Dutch cottage in an apple orchard in Upstate New York. The New York–primarily based architects Brian Messana and Toby O’Rorke stripped the construction to its body, reclad it with heat brown cedar siding and shakes, and put in new six-over-six home windows.
Then they added an extension of their signature fashionable type reasonably than making an attempt a fake Colonial wing. The one-story fashionable “field,” clad in rusty Cor-Ten metal, homes a kitchen, bed room, storage room, and tub. The architects selected metal after seeing how native residents park steel trailers subsequent to conventional picket homes.
The addition floats above a skylit train room within the cellar and is linked to the farmhouse by a slender glass channel. The architects divided the unique home’s dwelling and eating areas with a brand new wall and a double-sided fire. The plan is straightforward and the development of rooms from previous to new seamless. Scarpa would have cherished it.
One other spectacular instance is London architect Richard Discovered’s early 19th-century gamekeeper’s cottage within the Cotswolds, which he belatedly found was a Grade II protected construction that needed to be preserved. After a yr and a half of negotiations, he was allowed to revive the tiny cottage and construct a 5,000-square-foot modernist extension behind it with partitions confronted in the identical signature Cotswold stone. The spare new minimalist wing has 4 bedrooms to the east of the cottage and a dwelling and kitchen “nice room” to the west, all made with poured-in-place concrete flooring and ceilings. The rear is embedded within the hillside behind the cottage.
The roof of the lounge wing is cantilevered to permit an extended window wall on one facet, with views of the luxurious, steeply sloping valley and two lakes. In 2012 the Royal Institute of British Architects gave the cottage a Nationwide Award.
Kristal writes within the introduction how he found that “difficult issues may be the most effective turbines of design options, whether or not aesthetic, programmatic, efficiency-pushed, or all three.” Explaining how that labored in such totally different conditions makes for an inspiring sequence of tales.