Case Studies on Conserving Modern Buildings
In 2007 Time Out magazine described the National Theatre as one of the seven wonders of London, and thus, it completed its resurrection from frog to prince. It has a fine and uncompromising concrete structure , which by nature is an intractable material. Against a backdrop of change and intensification of use within the building, this case study will present the research to develop the conservation plan, the client’s brief and the process of agreement for the proposed interventions. John Langley of the National Theatre, Doug Black of the London Borough of Lambeth and Paddy Dillon of Haworth Tompkins will present various aspects of the project.
The case studies of conserving Modern Movement buildings will present an understanding of each building through the practice of conservation: archaeological and historical research is combined with a response to current and future uses. With each event we will draw on not only the architects involved, but also the experiences of others in the process: from the heritage and conservation authorities and, rather importantly, the clients.
This series is devised by Docomomo UK and the Twentieth Century Society to put centre-stage to the public a very modern practice of conserving buildings from the recent past for which functions, forms and technologies are not instinctively familiar. The second talk in the autumn series of Conservation Case Studies is by Haworth Tompkins Architects who will present their approach to responding to the developing intensity of use in one of the most iconic buildings in London.
This series of case studies is recognised as CPD by the IHBC.
Photo courtesy of the National Theatre.