Case Studies on Conserving Modern Buildings
Built between 1962 and 1971 the spectacular post-war megastructure of Lignon (architects: Addor, Julliard, Payot, Bolliger), located just outside Geneva, has been awarded a ‘Grand Prix’ Laureate in the 2013 EU Awards for Cultural Heritage. Franz Graf, who led a team from the EPFL will present their research in energy efficiency and the methodology for upgrading the curtain wall. Their study addresses the material and economic issues of thermal loss and gain in lightweight construction while also maintaining the architectural and social value of the buildings.
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 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 last evening talk in the series is by Franz Graf who has recently renovated the Lignon housing complex in Geneva with a team from Techniques et Sauvegarde de l’Architecture Moderne at the EPFL.
This series of case studies is recognised as CPD by the IHBC.
photo: Claudio Merlini.