Caruso St John have completed renovation work on the fernery and glasshouse at Hospitalfield House in Arbroath, which opens to the public today. This is the first phase in the wider redevelopment of the Category A listed arts centre.
The Victorian fernery, originally designed by Patrick Allan Fraser in the late 1800s, has been conserved, with the addition of a glass roof. The space now houses a large fern collection, donated by the Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh. The glasshouse has been renovated to create a café and exhibition space. In addition to building, the work has extended to the double-walled garden, with a natural and organic planting scheme by Nigel Dunnett.
Subsequent phases will include the renovation of the 19th Century Arts and Crafts house and artist's studios, and the creation of a new gallery and visitors' centre.
Main image © Louise Galloway, images below © Caruso St John Architects
Peter St John was interviewed by Veronica Simpson about the practice's renovation work at Hospitalfield House in Arbroath. They discussed the recently completed Café and Fernery, alongside the future plans for the arts centre.
Construction continues on the Grosser Burstah office building in Hamburg. The new office building, due to be completed in 2023, is part of a larger development of the city north of the St Nikolai Memorial; with the aim to re-establish a scale and urbanism which is consistent with the older streets of the central quarter.
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Caruso St John's design for Downing College's new Student Centre has been granted planning approval. The three-storey structure, close to the College entrance from Regent Street is part of the first phase of the practice's master plan for the college.
Planning permission has been granted for the renovation and alteration of Royale Belge, a listed former company headquarters in the south of Brussels. The 39,000 sqm office building, built in 1970 and standing within a landscape that is also now listed, has been empty for the last 5 years. The new mixed use programme includes offices, hotel, health club, restaurant and co-working, and is being developed by the consortium Souverain 25.
Enormous steel roof trusses are being craned into position at the Swiss Life Arena in Zurich. The roof structure will be in place within the month and the building will top-out before the end of Summer. Construction is set to complete in Spring and the building will open to the public in Summer 2022.