Moving from Shakespeare to Monty Python in 2 sentences should be difficult, particularly when one is mainly ignorant of both…..but now for something completely different.
Departing from F&T’s usual deals done blog or retweet of someone else’s news, Fresson & Tee enters new territory with this article.
Fresson & Tee is a chartered surveying practice that has a very active building consultancy which has an almost conveyor belt like programme of restoring, preserving and improving period buildings in prime areas of central London.
One could state that we are therefore champions for historic buildings.
That said, the author of this piece has controversial views about listed buildings, their preservation and how they can impede development.
I am a strong believer for contemporary alongside old. This in itself creates a new character for an area. Something old should not stand in the way for something new, in my opinion. In this respect, I am probably a pariah for the firm that I represent.
But where do I stand on mixing contemporary with period? In the last week, I’ve come across 2 examples, which are at opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of their aesthetical success.
I was lucky enough to see the now not so new glass roof of the British Museum from the 33rd floor of Centre Point. It provides an interesting mix of modern and period, mostly hidden from the public eye. Interesting, possibly controversial but, designed sympathetically. The same could be said for the majestic new roof at King’s Cross Station which provides a perfect partner to the period building to which it is attached.
And then there is the other extreme……Even with my own enjoyment of a well designed contemporary building, I was left amazed at what saw whilst on route to a meeting near Old Street.
Could a completely new property term be created if we were to refer to this building as a Frankenbuilding? Where the coming together of old and new perhaps does not work in a pleasing way.
Would this be stepping on the toes of Prince Charles and the Carbuncle Award?
Not sure, but I would be interested to see if there are any other obvious buildings which could fall into the Frankenbuilding category.
The views of this article are in no way reflective of Fresson & Tee’s views and are solely the observations of the author, David Shapiro.