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Old December 14th, 2017, 06:05 PM   #3581
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Fountain Restorations in Mumbai, India.

While not as grand as the building revitalizations, the reworking and renovations of Mumbai's fountains do merit a mention. Some of these waterworks were constructed during the British Raj, and were sometimes used as public sources of water. Many of them had been in disrepair until a restoration project was launched several years ago. Work is still ongoing, but some of the fountains are restored. My only complaint is that they look a bit kitschy-new, but that's expected of new restorations.


Kesowwji Naik Fountain and Clock Tower



Wellington Fountain




Mulji Jedha Fountain




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http://www.mid-day.com/articles/mumb...-road/18341188
http://www.mid-day.com/articles/kala...umbai/17637165
https://www.mapsofindia.com/my-india...a-royal-marvel
https://www.thebetterindia.com/11307...ter-fountains/
https://www.constructiontechnique.com/gallery.html
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Old December 16th, 2017, 08:49 PM   #3582
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Old December 18th, 2017, 03:16 AM   #3584
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Lodz, Poland

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Bydgoszcz, Poland

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Old December 22nd, 2017, 06:46 PM   #3586
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Inside these apartments must be Amazing or they are redivided?
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Old December 22nd, 2017, 11:06 PM   #3588
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13 apartments total. Ground floor for services etc. Still, the apartments must be large total: 1400m2, and usable floor 1088m2.
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Old December 28th, 2017, 04:04 AM   #3589
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Lovely revitalisation of a former inaccessible old quarter of the city:

St. Petersburg | "New Holland" - Novaja Gollandia




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The round building used to be a naval jail. Wonderful transformation.
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Old December 28th, 2017, 07:02 PM   #3592
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damn. Sankt Petersburg is already sick, but it's nice to see new projects adding to a already magnificent city.

I like the projects in Poland too, because they seem to occur not only in the biggest cities, but also here and there in a middle city
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Old December 30th, 2017, 03:32 PM   #3593
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Kohat Railway Station, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (built: 1908)

Built during the British Raj, the railway station was built to serve the Khushalgarh–Kohat–Thal rail line in what is today the region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. The Kohat-Thal section was abandoned in 1991 due to various reasons, but the line (and station) has been revitalized and reopened this year.


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Old December 31st, 2017, 03:25 PM   #3594
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This thread shows that restoration in a traditional style is always possible, regardless of the current state of the building, and that the end result is almost always outstanding. Some brilliant examples here in Poland, Lithuania, Russia and other countries.

Why isn't this done more often, then?

Personally, I worry about my home town: Vigo, Spain. It's located in a stunning coastal setting, but some parts are a mess in terms of street layout and architecture due to rapid growth in the second half of the 20th century (arguably the worst era for architecture and urbanism so far). We are lucky to have a decently-sized Old Town, a former fishermen residential quarter which was left to rotten during the second half of the 20th century, becoming home to anti-social behaviour, drug-addiction and prostitution. It has changed a lot over the past 10-15 years, however, and is gaining momentum again thanks to public investment, which has been used to restore tens of buildings, as well as private investment, although in a smaller scale. It is now the most lively part of the city and the key tourist destination. However, some restorations disregard their surroundings and the fact that an Old Town should have an old feeling to it, if that makes sense. In fact, they shouldn't even be called restorations.

Here are some examples:

Residential Buildings:




Small Courthouse:


However, some really exciting restorations have been done as well:

Government Administrative Building:



Public Library:



Residential + Commercial Building (right of the photo):


Residential + Commercial + the architects who designed it set up their studio on the top floor:



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It's a shame that not all buildings have been restored in an aesthetically sympathetic way. Not only that, but it's worrying that those awful restorations have been fully funded and led by public bodies. I think that the Spanish architecture scene lags behind the rest of continental Europe in terms of vision and forward-thinkingness. Many architects, especially in my home region of Galicia, seem to believe that architecture is all about innovation. I often have the impression that their goal is to be praised by the architecture community, who have similar ideas to them, rather than by the general public. In fact, most people I know and speak to about the subject wish more buildings were built in a traditional style and the city preserved its history better.

Anyway, rant over.

PS- You should visit the city! You won't be disappointed.
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Old January 2nd, 2018, 01:27 PM   #3595
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Old January 3rd, 2018, 01:49 AM   #3596
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Super happy to see the current renaissance of American theatres and cinemas.
They often were the peak of their era's architectural glory. Each and every one of them needs to be saved if given the chance!
Yes I agree. Sure most of them were kitschy but they served a purpose and were an entertainment in themselves unlike the deadly dull places of today. Too bad the best (Capitol, Roxy/NYC, Tivoli/ Chicago, etc.) have gone but there are still some great examples around.
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Old January 3rd, 2018, 09:48 AM   #3597
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Some recent renovations from Warsaw

Św. Barbary 4

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Go Warsaw! Fabulous to see more and more Leipzig-quality facade reconstructions all across Europe.
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This thread shows that restoration in a traditional style is always possible, regardless of the current state of the building, and that the end result is almost always outstanding. Some brilliant examples here in Poland, Lithuania, Russia and other countries.

Why isn't this done more often, then?

Personally, I worry about my home town: Vigo, Spain. It's located in a stunning coastal setting, but some parts are a mess in terms of street layout and architecture due to rapid growth in the second half of the 20th century (arguably the worst era for architecture and urbanism so far). We are lucky to have a decently-sized Old Town, a former fishermen residential quarter which was left to rotten during the second half of the 20th century, becoming home to anti-social behaviour, drug-addiction and prostitution. It has changed a lot over the past 10-15 years, however, and is gaining momentum again thanks to public investment, which has been used to restore tens of buildings, as well as private investment, although in a smaller scale. It is now the most lively part of the city and the key tourist destination. However, some restorations disregard their surroundings and the fact that an Old Town should have an old feeling to it, if that makes sense. In fact, they shouldn't even be called restorations.

Here are some examples:

Residential Buildings:




Small Courthouse:


However, some really exciting restorations have been done as well:

Government Administrative Building:



Public Library:



Residential + Commercial Building (right of the photo):


Residential + Commercial + the architects who designed it set up their studio on the top floor:



Before:


It's a shame that not all buildings have been restored in an aesthetically sympathetic way. Not only that, but it's worrying that those awful restorations have been fully funded and led by public bodies. I think that the Spanish architecture scene lags behind the rest of continental Europe in terms of vision and forward-thinkingness. Many architects, especially in my home region of Galicia, seem to believe that architecture is all about innovation. I often have the impression that their goal is to be praised by the architecture community, who have similar ideas to them, rather than by the general public. In fact, most people I know and speak to about the subject wish more buildings were built in a traditional style and the city preserved its history better.

Anyway, rant over.

PS- You should visit the city! You won't be disappointed.
I like the marriage between glass and stone. None of those buildings stayed frozen in time, but were altered and rebuilt through the ages.
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^ The difference is, alterations before modernism were always matching former styles and materials. Glass and steel and concrete don't fit the overall look & feel, the genius loci and the cozyness of such a place. They are out of place. The first three examples of the quoted post are horrible, they just disrepect the place and adjacent buildings. The others are fine.

"Modern" materials only fit a tight selection of pre-modern buildings, such as industrial ones like here:


London | The River Building | City of London EC4

Website: http://www.theriverbuilding.com
  • Address: 1 Cousin Lane, London EC4
  • Ward: Dowgate
  • Station: Cannon Street
  • Developer: Blackstone
  • Architect: Stiff + Trevillion
  • Floorspace: 8,500m²

The recently completed River Building at Cannon Street Station, photos courtesy of Stiff + Trevillion:


















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And even here, the modern parts adapt smoothly to the exterior, which is crucial when combining modern and classical.
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