Director Konishi Gaffney Architects
Comment on: Shawm House by MawsonKerr Architects
Just a note of support and touche to Will Mawson! :-)
Dartington Primary School failures have not been reported or explained properly due to "gagging orders" as a result of the insurance settlement so we don't really know why that building failed. From what little was published it was the weather proofing membrane not the timber cladding that was to blame.
Timber on the roof is done all over the world and is a traditional detail in some countries in Eastern Europe & Japan. Lots of contemporary successful UK projects too.
Was PI cover really 20% of turnover in the 1980s, can you site a source for this?
I just want to write in support of the importance of critiquing buildings, even ones that win awards. Its right that this building in particular is subject to scrutiny.
Turning the Art School into a museum would be a total disaster. What was special about the building was it was still used and loved in its orignal planned function.
A visit to any of the other "mac museums" is depressing with do not touch / do not sit signs on everything We really don't want that!
Agree that the art school might not be the right client to rebuild.
Long time coming but I'm hopeful for positive change and a ressurgance of interest in the organisation.