London architects Haworth Tompkins found an ingenious way to to honor history–by building a new music studio inside the ruins of a tiny dovecote on the Suffolk coast of England.
A dilapidated brick pigeon house seemed, at first, beyond salvation on the campus of performance arts center Aldeburgh Music, where a collection of crumbling Victorian-era brick industrial buildings has been rebuilt over time. But concert patrons and students had a particular affection for the tiny structure. When it came time to decide its fate, the architects came up with a plan to preserve and honor the historical ruin–while simultaneously transforming it into a modern music studio. Inside are simple plywood walls and a piano.
Read on for before and after photos of the rehab project that saved the tiny brick building:
Photographs by Philip Vile courtesy of Haworth Tompkins.
Above: London-based architects Haworth Tompkins designed a new corten steel building, fabricated on site and placed inside the shell of the former dovecote. Built to the dimensions of the old building, the corten structure has openings for doors and windows matching those of the dovecote.
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