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Modern Aluminum Addition On Historic London Lane Bridges Old And New

81 Chancery Lane, London, ORMS, Britain Architecture, Mixed Use, Anodized Aluminum Facade, Photography Marcus Peel
A debate exists within the architectural community about the relationship between modern and classical architectural styles. Questions come into play in regards to the integrity of the original structure when contemporary additions are made. Often architects will utilize classical or traditional building materials or even cues from historic styles to ensure that integrity. One argument discusses the role of renovation as an opportunity to showcase modern materials and building styles.

81 Chancery Lane, London, ORMS, Britain Architecture, Mixed Use, Anodized Aluminum Facade, Photography Marcus Peel
Photography Marcus Peel

ORMS, British-based architectural firm, completed a mixed-use project that sits at 81 Chancery Lane. The structure accommodates commercial office space, residential apartment units, retail space and an arcade. The ground level, in the alleyway, features glazed shop fronts and a passageway to Bishops Court. The orientation of the new retail space is meant to entice high-end retailers.

81 Chancery Lane, London, ORMS, Britain Architecture, Mixed Use, Anodized Aluminum Facade, Photography Marcus Peel
Photography Marcus Peel

The commercial and residential spaces are hidden behind the restored Victorian façade. Hanging between 83 and 84 Chancery Lane, what was once a bridge, linking the two lanes is now a modern metal and glass addition. The faceted aluminum paneled structure looks particularly modern compared to the surrounding historic buildings.

81 Chancery Lane, London, ORMS, Britain Architecture, Mixed Use, Anodized Aluminum Facade, Photography Marcus Peel
Photography Marcus Peel

While in the alleyway, the building has a weightless appearance, floating overhead. The anodized aluminum panels complement the terracotta fins on the Victorian structure that ORMS enhanced. The structure has a stepped orientation, where the compartments seem to increase in size as you reach the building’s apex. There, at the top of the building, the boxy structures meet the Victorian facades, creating a seamless design.

81 Chancery Lane, London, ORMS, Britain Architecture, Mixed Use, Anodized Aluminum Facade, Photography Marcus Peel
Photography Marcus Peel

A heated debate may exist in regards to where classical and modern architecture meet, but ORMS Chancery Lane project showcases without a doubt that modernity is not the enemy of historic design but instead a new and fascinating friend.

Photography © Marcus Peel
information courtesy of DesignBoom

DISCLAIMER: The following project does not feature Alucobond® aluminum composite material (ACM). The “Industry (Architecture)” section of our blog focuses on extraordinary architectural works from around the world. While this project does not feature our ACM, we have included comparable samples to what was used in the project above.

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