Old brick buildings have a distinctive charm – and provide a solid foundation for an upgrade in terms of space or function. The qualities of traditional brick buildings can be combined with the advantages of modern architecture to excellent effect. Whether the approach is one of sympathetic modernisation or vigorous intervention, extension, expansion, improving energy efficiency or change of use: with contemporary architecture, adapting an existing building can become much more than a mere compromise. Blending old and new buildings can result in a special aesthetic composition, or intentionally create strong contrasts to achieve an outstanding effect.
The projects featured in architectum #25 serve to demonstrate how careful planning and high-quality clay building materials can combine to create more space, greater quality of living, and modern energy standards in existing buildings. Also in this issue: Russell Jones, UK talks about the clever use of building space and how an urban-infill project can upgrade a whole street.