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Old March 5th, 2006, 06:24 PM   #21
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The most drastic measure would be at least preserving the exterior wall while demolishing and totally rebuilding the inside. This was what happened to the old General Post Office here when it was converted into Fullerton Hotel.

Worst case scenario... Dismantle facade, demolish building. Build new building and put back old facade.
There have been some developments where a new skyscraper was built on top of the old building in an attempt to circumvent heritage preservation laws. Sometimes it works, but sometimes it looks really awkward to have a glass building tower above an old brick structure.
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Old March 5th, 2006, 07:03 PM   #22
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Then, the new building should be set back from the old.

We have numerous examples in Singapore, of new buildings incorporating old terraced buildings called shophouses.

The insignificant rear was demolished, but the onamental front facade and front part were preserved and restored. Even the roof of the main part of the shophouse was rebuilt, to retain the charastic of the area. At times, a skyscraper was built, at times a midrise.

But of course, a shophouse can't be compared to such a grand building.

For which, more drastic and serious method had to be undertaken to preserve the heritage and architecture of it, while achieving a balance for commercialism.
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Old March 5th, 2006, 07:21 PM   #23
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Then, the new building should be set back from the old.

We have numerous examples in Singapore, of new buildings incorporating old terraced buildings called shophouses.

The insignificant rear was demolished, but the onamental front facade and front part were preserved and restored. Even the roof of the main part of the shophouse was rebuilt, to retain the charastic of the area. At times, a skyscraper was built, at times a midrise.

But of course, a shophouse can't be compared to such a grand building.

For which, more drastic and serious method had to be undertaken to preserve the heritage and architecture of it, while achieving a balance for commercialism.
That's a very simplistic view. Back to the London context, which is what this thread is about anyway, the lot sizes are very small and tight. There isn't room to keep the old facade then build the new building behind it in a setback fashion. That being said, I've seen reconcstructions before among a set of rowhouses in Paris much like the London site, so it has been done. As for the setback method, I haven't seen that before in European cities. Perhaps the European forumers can add some input in that.

Here's one scene from Paris :




The problem with preserving heritage buildings is an issue of how. Refurbishing it to a spic-and-span appearance destroys the old character of such buildings. This is a challenge Beijing is facing right now with the Forbidden City restorations and the hutong problem. If you have been to the Forbidden City in the past few years, you probably have noticed the paint is coming off and the appearance doesn't look very nice up-close. It shows that the building has weathered the centuries. Preserving heritage buildings should not be just about keeping the structural elements, but rather the details that have also survived the test of time. An old buildings should show it has history, and can be distinguished from its more recent counterparts.
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Old March 11th, 2006, 10:49 PM   #24
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That's terrible. That should really be stopped. It's a beautiful building. When are they supposed to demolish it?
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Ouch -- I hope that gem ends up being saved.

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so...where's english heritage when ya really need them?

@taller, better: the eiffel tower was supposed to be taken down after 20 years but it grew on people and it stayed.
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so...where's english heritage when ya really need them?

@taller, better: the eiffel tower was supposed to be taken down after 20 years but it grew on people and it stayed.
Thank God.. can you imagine Paris without it?
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