Revamped castle wins the RIBA Stirling Prize

An unusual restoration project which has involved workers sensitively and imaginatively retaining parts of a historic building has taken the UK’s foremost award for architecture, the RIBA Stirling Prize.

Astley Castle, a 12th century Warwickshire manor house, was almost destroyed by a fire in 1978. Since then, the building had been deteriorating until the Landmark Trust decided to give it a new lease of life as an unusual holiday home.

Using an approach that is more common around the rest of Europe, the British architects and construction workers integrated new materials with the older parts to ensure a perfect match. It is thought that the unconventional method may have gone some way to making the entry stand out against its competition for the award.

Junctions between old and new surfaces have all been carefully crafted, and an enormous room without a roof has been left as a surreal dining space that is open to the stars or the afternoon sun.

The former manor house has acquired a new staircase built from wood and bronze, while many of its ruined faces have been left with their textured surfaces intact.

Some building projects offer similar challenges where old and new architecture has to be combined successfully. A talented professional should be able to provide a suitable solution for such an issue and for those in the North West, a reputable Wirral architect should be able to come up with a design that unites ancient elements with a modern feel.

Posted by Mark
October 1, 2013
New Buildings

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