Inside Out

15 May 2013 – 9:10 pm

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Over the last decade in the property world, there has been a trend to bring the outside in and maximise the full annual use of a property’s total available floor area. Public buildings and home owners alike are getting in on the halfway house of the glass covered void filler, giving a sensation of the outdoors with plenty of light streaming in, while remaining sheltered from the elements of northern Europe.

Think of the newly opened Trinity Leeds shopping development and Blenheim Palace’s new gift shop pictured here alongside the British Museum’s Great Court, enclosed by Foster and Partners back in 2000.

Using sympathetic and well designed cover structures, has the added advantage for historic and listed buildings of being able to make modifications without altering the fabric of their construction. A subliminal practical update in keeping with the original style and feel of the building, whilst making the space more usable.

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