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Restoration in London


 

2V Projects Limited provides building restoration services. Restoration of old buildings is a complex and multi-stage process that requires careful preparation to ensure that elements of cultural and historical value are preserved.

Today we propose to discuss reconstruction - restoration - renovation. What to do with old buildings?

All three terms denote different ways of preserving architectural heritage, but if reconstruction and restoration are similar in nature, that is, aimed at preserving or restoring the historical appearance of a building, then the idea of renovation refers to its purpose - an empty building receives a new function.

A broader term for this approach is adaptive reuse. The idea is not to preserve or demolish the building, but to adapt it to modern conditions, to find a new purpose. Over time any enterprise may become unnecessary, but the need for walls and a roof cannot disappear. Thus, while preserving its historical value, it actually adapts to the new needs of society and becomes even more important: it can be a social housing, public or office center. This concept is particularly relevant in situations where the importance of a building as an architectural monument is involved, or where significant resources have been invested in the design and implementation, as in the case of industrial buildings. The idea is to fix the old, not build new.

Among the main advantages of adaptive use are saving money and time for dismantling, saving construction materials. But in addition to economic advantages, this approach also has an ideological value, because large-scale projects and master plans must not forget that cities are made up of the personal memories of its inhabitants. It is a mistake to see the value only in buildings that have the status of an architectural monument - the image of the city and the memory of its inhabitants are not only outstanding projects, but also ordinary, inconspicuous houses, yards and facades.

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Restoration in London

Industrial building. Tate Modern, London

In 1981, Bankside Power Station ceased operation after almost a hundred years of existence. Debate over its future continued until 1992, when the Tate gallery chain announced that a contemporary art center would be opened in the station premises, thus saving the station from demolition, as the local authority was interested in selling the land.

The main task of the renovation project of the industrial building was to preserve its original pronounced character, while creating all the necessary conditions for exhibiting various works of art - the spaces had to be simple and universal. Large spans made it possible to create many rooms of different sizes, ceiling heights and lighting. The project provided for minimal changes necessary for the work of the museum - this is how the architects of the Herzog & de Meuron implemented the main idea, namely to make the museum an independent work of art. In 2020, Tate modern became the third most visited museum in the world and the first in Britain.

 


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