TO OBSERVE WITH THE CLIENT, TO DRAW WITH THE EXISTING
THREE CASES OF ARCHITECTURE DEALING WITH THE AS-FOUND
Thesis by Eva Prats, PhD by practice at RMIT, 2015-2019
Tutors: Jo Van Den Berghe, Leon van Schaik and Martyn Hook
The focus of this PhD by practice is on adaptive reuse in architecture. It researches the studio’s introduction into working with existing buildings and how conversations between architect, client and the existing build a tri-polar relationship that informs an attitude towards the host building.
This PhD deals with heritage, or just old things, by revisiting 3 of our projects on adaptive reuse in Barcelona: the Yutes Warehouse, the Food Culture Museum, and the Sala Beckett. The starting point is the built work and evidence of this action, from which explanations are sought. These three works are examples where we were able to listen to a personal and coherent understanding on the existing from the future users.
All three projects are from different worlds: textile manufacturers, art and theatre, each with different concerns about the building that was going to be their future working space. Each gave us a clue about different aspects that make things worth keeping.