National Trust e Malcolm Reading Consultants lanciano un concorso internazionale per individuare un team multidisciplinare capace di restaurare e re-immaginare Clandon Park, una casa palladiana risalente al XVIII secolo nei pressi di Guilford, che è stata colpita da un incendio circa due anni fa.
La squadra dovrà essere composta da architetti, ingegneri e specialisti di paesaggio per riportare alla vita l'edificio, considerato come un capolavoro, attraverso l'inserimento di nuove funzioni. L'incendio, verificatosi nel mese di aprile del 2015, ha distrutto buona parte della casa, lasciando indenne soltanto una piccola ala. Sono sopravvissuti la struttura della casa in mattoni e gli elementi architettonici in marmo. Reperti risalenti al Seicento sono stati salvati mentre l'incendio era ancora in corso e altri, estratti dalle macerie, sono in attesa di essere catalogati. L'intenzione è quella di promuovere un restauro sensibile e riflessivo di alcune delle principali sale di rappresentanza del piano terra, oltre che l'introduzione di nuovi spazi ai piani superiori.
Il concorso, articolato in due fasi, chiede agli architetti che accederanno alla seconda parte della competizione di elaborare un progetto in cui i due, elementi intimamente collegati l'uno all'altro, riescano a creare un edificio da leggere come un unico e perfettamente integrato nel suo assetto interno.
The National Trust and Malcolm Reading Consultants launched the global search for a world-class multidisciplinary design team to restore and reimagine Clandon Park, the Trust's Grade l listed, 18th-century Palladian house, near Guildford, which suffered a major fire two years ago.
The Trust is looking for architect-led teams with expertise in design, conservation, structural engineering, mechanical and electrical engineering, interpretation and landscape design. Creative collaborations are encouraged and additional skills may be proposed in your submission if you feel they are necessary. If you are a non-UK team, collaboration with a UK architect partner is encouraged.
This is a two-stage competition. The first stage is an international search for a multidisciplinary design team, based on relevant skills, past experience and an understanding of the project brief. It will culminate in the selection of a shortlist of five or more teams.
The competition's objective is to find a team who will create an outstandingly beautiful and harmonious design that integrates a sensitive restoration of the historically-significant rooms and remaining historic fabric with new flexible spaces on the upper floors for imaginative programming and events; the whole design showing an exceptional understanding of the manipulation of light, space, function and material as well as rediscovering the house's relationship with its setting.
For shortlisted competitors at stage two, the competition brief has several aspects:
- Restoration of the damaged historic interiors including the principal state rooms.
- Creation of flexible spaces that can house permanent, semi-permanent and touring exhibitions - designed to international standards.
- New visitor, education and social facilities.
- An opportunity to rethink the landscaping/setting of the house.
The design challenge at Clandon is complex. While the project vision outlines a ground floor restoration with new interventions at the upper levels, the design should not be conceived purely in terms of a sandwich of layers. A key decision for designers will be how the vertical circulation is resolved and presented to contemporary users. The National Trust's intention is that the Clandon Park of the future will respond to, but not be constrained by, its pre-fire history, significance and spirit of place.
Competition is open to architects, engineers, interpretation specialists and landscape designers. Competition teams should be led by an architect and demonstrate multidisciplinary expertise in design, conservation, structural engineering, mechanical and electrical engineering, interpretation and landscape design. Creative collaborations are encouraged and additional skills may be proposed.
EXPRESSION OF INTEREST
Competitors will need to fill out the online form on the competition website and upload documents detailing their project understanding, proposed team and relevant experience. No design is sought at the first stage of the competition.
The deadline for expressions of interest is 21 April 2017.
SHORTLIST AND WINNER
The five or more teams shortlisted for the second stage of the process will receive further briefing before creating their concept designs.
The shortlist will be announced towards the end of May. In late summer the concept designs will be displayed digitally and in a public exhibition at Clandon with opportunities for public and stakeholder feedback. Subsequently, the competition jury will meet to interview the teams, review the designs and select a winner.
The winning team is expected to be announced in early autumn 2017.
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