How a building or a site impacts its community is a core element with each of our projects. Many of our corporate clients are community driven institutions with goals for their buildings to provide more than just a place to work.
The restoration of a local landmark within a community can have a profound impact on civic pride and future development. The ability to restore a building to its original character begins with an overall commitment, both financially and emotionally, to what is ultimately a grinding, but rewarding process. A successful restoration of a local landmark structure contributes to the community's overall cultural identity and solidifies the community's commitment to preserving historically significant structures. This commitment allows for future development to occur around such restorations with confidence and sensitivity, resulting in a much richer mix of architecture and public spaces.
Not every historic building can be or should be fully restored to its original condition and Adapting an existing building for a different purpose or function has many benefits.
When a historic structure is no longer existing as built form, some owners will look to reconstruction as an option is enough existing documented photographic evidence exists to support the effort. Sometimes, not enough documentation exist to accurately reconstruct a building, but the interpretation of that building's history or importance is crucial to a site's overall purpose. In these cases, reconstruction can take many forms and provide multiple solutions at once. For example, a building's original footprint can be reconstructed as low walls for seating and interpreting a historic building's spatial layout. Sometimes, budgetary constraints allow for only a single facade of a once historic landmark to be rebuilt within an urban setting, allowing for a unique courtyard space to emerge. Reconstruction can also be translated into an art installation such as Edoardo Tresoldi's Ghost Cathedral in Puglia.