Course overview

It is arguably a greater challenge for a modern architect to sympathetically expand the use of historic buildings, than to create new free-standing architecture. We will critically assess what a range of architects have achieved – including Norman Foster at the British Museum, Rick Mather at the Ashmolean in Oxford, and Herzog and de Meuron in creating and then expanding Tate Modern.

Course description

The course introduction will examine the distinction between free-standing public buildings and new construction alongside historic structures. We will then consider a number of case studies, including the work of Norman Foster (Royal Academy, Reichstag, British Museum) Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron (Tate Modern and its new extension, Elbphilharmonie concert hall in Hamburg), Rick Mather (Wallace Collection, Ashmolean Museum extension), I M Pei (Louvre project including his glass pyramid) and Michael Hopkins (Norwich Cathedral refectory). The course will conclude with a review and discussion. Students are encouraged to apply their own aesthetic judgement to the ideas which modern architects have developed for these sensitive projects.

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